Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Release Date: Mar 19, 2014
Edition: 1st New edition
Pages: 207 pages
Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.2 x 5.7 inches
This book is written for students of English who are interested in the history of the language and would like to read an accessible but also comprehensive and reasonably detailed introduction. Apart from basic information about language change and the Indo-European background of English, it gives an outline of the major periods of the language (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English and Late Modern English), with a brief examination of the perspectives of present-day English. Each period chapter provides information about the socio-historical background, the core areas of linguistic structure, discourse, speech acts and genres, and concludes with study questions and exercises.
Thomas Kohnen, Paperback 1st New edition edition, ISBN 10: 3631560044, ISBN 13: 9783631560044