The Cambridge History of the English Language is the first multi-volume work to provide a full account of the history of English. Its authoritative coverage extends from areas of central linguistic interest and concern to more specialised topics such as personal and place names. The volumes dealing with earlier periods are chronologically based, whilst those dealing with more recent periods are geographically based, thus reflecting the spread of English over the last 300 years. Volume 1 deals with the history of English up to the Norman Conquest, and contains chapters on Indo-European and Germanic, phonology and morphology, syntax, semantics and vocabulary, dialectology, onomastics, and literary language. Each chapter, as well as giving a chronologically-oriented presentation of the data, surveys scholarship in the area and takes full account of the impact of developing and current linguistic theory on the interpretation of the data. The chapters have been written with both specialists and non-specialists in mind; they will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of English.
1. Introduction Richard M. Hogg; 2. The place of English in Germanic and Indo-European Alfred Bammesberger; 3. Phonology and morphology Richard M. Hogg; 4. Syntax Elizabeth Closs Traugott; 5. Semantics and vocabulary Dieter Kastovsky; 6. Old English dialects Thomas E. Toon; 7. Onomastics Cecily Clark; 8. Literary language Malcolm R. Godden.