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English Language -- History

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the history of the English language.


Six Superlative Sources

· Baugh, Albert C., and Thomas Cable. A History of the English Language. 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 1993.

· Blake, Norman F. A History of the English Language. New York University Press, 1998.

· Crystal, David. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge University Press, 1995.

· Knowles, Gerald. A Cultural History of the English Language. Edward Arnold, 1997.

· Millward, Celia M. Biography of the English Language. 2nd ed. Harcourt Brace, 1996.

· Pyles, Thomas, and John C. Algeo. The Origins and Development of the English Language. Harcourt Brace, 1993.

Other Excellent Sources

· History of the English Language (HEL).

· Indo-European and the Comparative Method.

· Celtic Ogham.

· Altman, Rochelle. Aspects of Older Writing Systems: With Focus on the DSS.

· Earliest Writing Found. An article from the May 4, 1999, edition of BBC News.

· Quinion, Michael. World Wide Words: Investigating International English from a British Viewpoint.

· Odlin, Terence. English 774: History of the English Language, a syllabus at Ohio State University.

· Awritan on Englisc: English List Website -- A Forum for Composition in Old English. Maintained by Sarah Higley from the University of Rochester.

· Modern English to Old English Vocabulary.

· Old English at the University of Virginia.

· Readings from A Guide to Old English.

· The ORB: On-Line Reference Book for Medieval Studies.

· The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry.

· Anglo-Saxon Sources: Medieval Studies.

· Yamada Language Center: Old English. Maintained by the University of Oregon.

· Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland (TOEBI).

· TOEBI: Electronic Texts and Publishers.

· TOEBI: WWW Resources.

· Glossary from Bright's Anglo-Saxon Reader.

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