History of English

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Sergei Mikhailovich Mezenin A History of English Contents Introduction. Why Study the History of the English Language? .....................................................................2 THE OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE: ITS BEGINNINGS, GROWTH AND MATURITY...........................3 Chapter 1. The Origin of the English Language .........................................................................................3 1. English among Other Languages of the World. The Germanic Languages .......................................3 2. Beginnings of English ..........................................................................................................................9 3. Periods of the History of the English Language................................................................................12 4. Old English Literary Documents.......................................................................................................14 Chapter 2. The Phonetic Structure and Spelling in the Old English Language .......................................16 1. The Phonetic Structure of Old English ..............................................................................................16 2. Ablaut.................................................................................................................................................17 3. Phonetic Changes of the Old English Period.................................................................................... 18 4. Old English Spelling ..........................................................................................................................20 Chapter 3. Lexicon and Word-building in the Old English Language .....................................................22 1. Classification of the Old English Lexicon.........................................................................................22 2. Indo-European Vocabulary in the Old English Language ...............................................................23 3. Words of the Germanic Vocabulary and Specific Old English Words .............................................23 4. Borrowed Words.................................................................................................................................24 5. Word-building. Derivative Words .................................................................................................... 25 Chapter 4. Grammar of the Old English Language .................................................................................. 29 1. Grammatical Structure of the Old English Language .......................................................................29 2. Noun...................................................................................................................................................29 3. Adjective............................................................................................................................................34 4. Pronoun..............................................................................................................................................36 5. Verb....................................................................................................................................................38 6. Adverb................................................................................................................................................45 Chapter 5. Old English Dialects...............................................................................................................47 1. General Information about the Old English Dialects. .......................................................................47 2. The Wessex Dialect............................................................................................................................48 3. The Northumbrian...
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