English Dialects: From the Eighth Century to the Present Day

English Dialects: From the Eighth Century to the Present Day

by Walter W. Skeat


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Originally published during the early part of the twentieth century, the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature were designed to provide concise introductions to a broad range of topics. They were written by experts for the general reader and combined a comprehensive approach to knowledge with an emphasis on accessibility. Published in 1911, W. W. Skeat's English Dialects from the Eighth Century to the Present Day offers a sketch of the beginnings of dialects in England, the elements of Scandinavian and French influence on them, and their gradual development over a period of twelve hundred years.

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ISBN-13: 9781107401877
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Dialects and their value; 2. Dialects in early times; 3. The dialects of Northumbria, till AD 1300; 4. The dialects of Northumbria, AD 1300–1400; 5. Northumbrian in the fifteenth century; 6. The southern dialect; 7. The southern dialect of Kent; 8. The Mercian dialect; 9. Foreign elements in the dialects; 10. Later history of the dialects; 11. The modern dialects; 12. A few specimens; Bibliography; Index; Facsimile: the only English proclamation of Henry III.

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