The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language



Cambridge University Press | 2003-08-04 | ISBN: 0521530334 | 506 pages | PDF | 38,7 Mb


This attractive resource is organized thematically in segments covering the history of the English language (Old English, Middle English, Modern English, English in different parts of the world); English vocabulary (its nature, structure, sources, etymology, and the dimensions of the lexicon); English grammar (structure of words and sentences, definitions of the main branches of grammar); spoken and written English; English usage (varieties of discourse and regional, social, and personal usage variations); and how people learn English and new ways to study English. Appendixes include a glossary, a list of symbols and abbreviations, references and addresses, further readings, and indexes of names, items, and topics.

• The most successful general book on the English language (its past, present and future)
• Packed with illustrations, maps, tables and graphics
• Difficult concepts explained in a simple and accessible way

Contents

Prefaces; 1. Modelling English;
Part I. The History of English: 2. The origins of English; 3. Old English; 4. Middle English; 5. Early Modern English; 6. Modern English; 7. World English;
Part II. English Vocabulary: 8. The nature of the lexicon; 9. The sources of the lexicon; 10. Etymology; 11. The structure of the lexicon; 12. Lexical dimensions;
Part III. English Grammar: 13. Grammatical mythology; 14. The structure of words; 15. Word classes; 16. The structure of sentences;
Part IV. Spoken and Written English: 17. The sound system; 18. The writing system;
Part V. Using English: 19. Varieties of discourse; 20. Regional variation; 21. Social variation; 22. Personal variation; 23. Electronic variation;
Part VI. Learning about English: 24. Learning English as a mother tongue; 25. New ways of studying English;
Appendices; Indexes.

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