Results 1 – 16 of 17 A Remedial English Grammar For Foreign Students. 1 January . An Outline History of the English Language. 21 September history and geography. For example, the fact that the English language (or its ancestor) was carried from the continent to the British Isles in the fifth century AD . Buy An Outline History of the English Language by Frederick PDF Online . ISBN from Laxmi Publications. Download Free Sample and.

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Yet a greater num- ber of learned and literary words have been in- troduced than at any previous time. There Philip de Thaun wrote his Bestiaire abouta poem on animals and their characteristics.

A literary language thus came to be national in character. The dialects of Middle English are known by somewhat new names.

Johnson followed Bailey in marking accent only. Qwertyme rated it did not like it Mar 30, At the same time d and a y sound became a sound like j, as in verdure, grandeur. Especially the short vowels show a greater influence of neighboring sounds. As in the case of consonants, certain general changes have affected vowels. In Phillips, nephew of Milton, issued his New World of Words, a nearer approach to languagee dictionary of to-day.

From the beginning of the thirteenth century a new native literature arose in England. The Chronicle was continued at several places, but only one manuscript extends much beyond the Norman conquest.


In Blair began his Lectures on the subject at Edinburgh. Hardcoverpages. The Midland region also had its literature. Far less must it be sup- posed that they ceased to be spoken, even by peo- ple of considerable learning.

Here also the romances were numerous.

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Above all, it is the period of ; the regularizing and restraining influence of lsnguage great literature. It has also indirectly modified other endings, as in thorny, jolly, tardy. The name York was a word of three syllables in Old English.

It is clearly not a record of councils which decided cer- tain changes. Literary usage, also, had made consider- able advance upon that of the Elizabethan age.

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They are therefore classed with English writers, as in the case of so many Scotchmen. Indeed, it is but natural for the people to regularize and simplify language on the ba’sis of the more common forms of speech.

Both Oxford and Cambridge were in the Midland district. At least he wrote in the highest terms of ” him who endeavors, by precept and by rules, to perpetuate that style and idiom of speech and composition which have flour- ished in the purest periods f.t.aood the language.

The best idea of Old English spelling may englishh gained from an example. Most such changes belong to Old or Middle English, but the last two are modern examples. And ne laed that with i.

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No vowel sound was ever represented by more than one sign, or the same two signs for a diph- thong. French was first used in such documents inthe year of Magna Charta. For this reason few Danish words appear in Saxon literature.

An example is Northum’brian, in which north once had the stress according to the usual rule of nouns. Thereafter Scotch writers used standard English and took their place with English authors. Most Old English consonants are also preserved to-day.

A private letter of shows that it had given way to English. Greater regularity in this respect is highly desirable, and an attempt to encourage it has been made in histofy of our later American dictionaries. A less striking form of analogy modifies certain grammatical forms. It even affects usage at present. Worcester, who began a series of dictionaries inopposed the views of “Webster and conformed very largely to British standards.

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