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Albert C. Baugh (1891–1981)

Autor/a de A History of the English Language

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Nice hefty tome. Troilus and Cressida is worth every minute spent reading it.
judeprufrock | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jul 4, 2023 |
Thanks, Julie, for the most excellent Christmas gift! Now I can read it aloud and have a vague idea of what I'm saying (not uncommon in my usual banter). But I'll be having fun and sounding beautiful (insert moment here). I'll brush up on my prologue.
LibroLindsay | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jun 18, 2021 |
This was a good book; I wish I had the latest edition rather than this edition from the early 1990's. The language has changed since the introduction of the Internet and texting which wasn't an issue at the time this version came out. I think I may have had this version since it was new, though. I just now got around to reading it in it's entirety.

Very informative. Some chapters were more interesting than others. I liked the chapters on Old English and also on American English.

Always something to learn, so I keep expanding my knowledge of my own langauge. Languages are alive and amazing.

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Chica3000 | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Dec 11, 2020 |
Have you ever wondered how grammar and vocabulary have evolved over time? This book is for those (like me) who wish to understand the history of the English language. This textbook is perhaps the greatest work of its kind. It covers the evolution from Old English to Middle English, from the Renaissance to modern usage worldwide.

Baugh and Cable’s tale is not simple, but then again, neither is English’s. The language, rooted in the British isles, borrowed heavily from French after the Norman Invasion in 1066. Under the influence of academic scholarship in conversation with the European continent, it also borrowed heavily from Latin. More recently, worldwide, post-colonial use in far-flung places like America, India, and Egypt have decentralized use so that each region borrows from the other. (In other words, there is currently no one group, even in England, that can claim to hold “true English” usage.)

There are several nuggets that I found interesting in this book. Many of the regional differences in American pronunciation stem from where in England colonists immigrated from. English dialects vary more dramatically from region to region than do American dialects – presumably because Americans interact with each other more and migrate more often. Spelling reforms continued until into the twentieth century and were seen as a form of efficiency. English is known for having a liberal policy towards vocabulary but conservative towards grammar. No matter how much they are hated, language purists seem to haunt every age in every region.

Because it is written as a critical historical examination, this work is most used pedagogically as a textbook in classrooms. Only the occasional lifelong student would read this book cover-to-cover for mere self-education. Nonetheless, it reads well and breaks down the subject matter into short numbered sections in each chapter. This work has helped me make sense of the diverse world that the English language provides to us in literature and over the Internet.
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scottjpearson | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Apr 1, 2020 |

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