"This book is about the History of the English Language (HEL), a textbook meant to be a relatively brief volume designed for undergraduate courses in the area. The Emergence and Development of English is meant to be an all-in-one volume, and so it includes introductory treatment of basic terms and concepts for language study in two appendices. It adopts a traditional organizational pattern of periods in HEL from Indo- European up to the present day, and at the end offers a chapter on what we mean by Standard English, and an appendix on the use of corpora, a relatively new and growing method for study of the language. The book is meant for students who lack training in English language studies, so the chapters are designed to leave nobody behind, not for advanced specialists. Finally, the book constitutes a brief tour of the subject, as appropriate for the Cambridge Introductions to the English Language series (CIEL), not the kind of extended treatment found is some other HEL textbooks. The key challenge for students and instructors in The Emergence and Development of English will be the incorporation of complex systems into the mainstream coverage of HEL. If you are not aware of this, you might think that the title refers to the beginnings of English as a language at some moment in time, and to its improvement over time as it turned into the standard versions of the language we have today. Not so much. The book pursues a narrative thread throughout its chapters on "emergence," which is the key term from the study of complex systems"--
Cambridge ; New York, NY :
Cambridge University Press,
Cambridge introductions to the English language.
Includes bibliographical references and index.