From Old English to Standard English

A Course Book in Language Variation Across Time

  • Authors
  • Dennis Freeborn

Part of the Studies in English Language book series (SEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 1-14
  3. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 15-42
  4. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 43-58
  5. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 71-81
  6. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 82-93
  7. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 104-116
  8. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 180-195
  9. Dennis Freeborn
    Pages 196-207
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 208-218

About this book


A practical and comprehensive course book which leads the student from the dialects of Old English, through Middle and Early Modern English to the establishment of Standard English in the 18th century, with a postscript on language today. The text includes fascinating and informative illustrative facsimiles of letters, chronicles, diaries and literary extracts, with descriptive analyses and assignments for students. The aim is that students will gain an understanding of language variation and change in vocabulary, meaning, pronunciation, spelling and syntax, set against historical, social and political backgrounds.


Early Modern English English language Old English Syntax

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