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Title: Why more histories of the English Language?
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S (author)
Publication Date: 1995
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11205
Abstract: Review of Hogg, Richard M., 'The Cambridge History of the English Language', vol. I, 'The Beginnings to 1066', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992, xxiii, 609pp., £60.00. and Baugh, A.C., and T. Cable, 'A History of the English Language', London, Routledge, 4th edn., 1993, xvi, 444 pp., £12.99 paper. The initial volume here is the first in what is "the first multi-volume work to provide a full account of the history of English". Like the other five it aims to give an authoritative coverage of areas of central linguistic interest and concern and adequate treatment to more specialised topics relating to English. Thus there are here, after Richard Ho 's introductory chapter, the following comprehensive surveys: "The Place of English in Germanic and Indo-European", by Alfred Bammesberger; "Phonology and Morphology", by the named editor; "Syntax", by Elizabeth Closs Traugott; "Semantics and Vocabulary", by Dieter Kastovsky; "Old English Dialects", by Thomas E. Toon; "Onomastics" (with as generous a section on anthroponymy as that on the more obvious toponymy), by Cecily Clark; and "Literary Language", by Malcolm R. Godden - the whole followed by a generous glossary of linguistic terms, and a bibliography which is particularly rich as to secondary sources.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Lore and Language, 13(2), p. 205-208
Publisher: National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT), University of Sheffield
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0307-7144
Field of Research (FOR): 200503 British and Irish Literature
200301 Early English Languages
200302 English Language
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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