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A History of the English Language by Albert…

A History of the English Language (1935)

by Albert C. Baugh

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Combining internal linguistic history and external cultural history since the Middle Ages, this book presents an exploration of the history of the English language. It encourages students to develop an understanding of modern English and to develop an enlightened attitude towards questions affecting the language.… (more)



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This thorough and informative history of our language is an excellent choice for those interested in the topic, fitting the history of the language into the context of the history of its speakers. It is academically solid, with copious notes and extensive bibliographies: in fact, it would be an excellent text for a course in the history of English. But this is also a useful book for the general reader with an interest in the topic. It is clear, jargon free, and interesting to read. For me, the most interesting part of the book were the sections on Old English and Middle English, where the author shows very clearly how the entry of various words into English reflected a changing political climate. ( )
  annbury | Jul 20, 2015 |
It gives a really in-depth view of all the cultural and political influences that shaped the English language to what it is today. Kind of nice to read if you have the time and interest for these kind of things. ( )
  truth_of_spirit | Aug 29, 2010 |
It gives a really in-depth view of all the cultural and political influences that shaped the English language to what it is today. Kind of nice to read if you have the time and interest for these kind of things. ( )
  the_unicorn | Nov 20, 2009 |
It's interesting that the contemporary linguist David Crystal names this history third among his top ten books on the English language. This is from http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/sep/20/top10s.english.language, posted 20 September 2006:

This book just goes on and on. I used its second (1957) edition when I was an undergraduate and was fascinated by both the range of its coverage and the depth of its treatment. It manages to pack an enormous amount of illustrative detail into its 450 or so pages. Numerous other histories of the language have since been written, but this one holds a special place for its balanced views and accessible scholarship.
  davidcla | May 13, 2009 |
Easy to understand, but lightweight on the actual progression of changes in the English language. Rather, Baugh and Cable emphasize the historical context and its influence on the language.
  mebrock | Jan 25, 2009 |
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1. The History of the English Language a Cultural Subject. It was observed by that remarkable twelfth-century chronicler Henry of Huntington that an interest in the past was one of the distinguishing characteristics of humans as compared with the other animals.
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Before the present author ever became associated with Albert C. Baugh's A History of the English Language, several generations of teachers and students had appreciated its enduring qualities.
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