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Early Modern English

Charles Barber

Edition: 2

Now available in a completely revised edition, this book describes the English language between the years 1500 and 1700 - the different varieties of the language, the attitudes of its speakers towards it, its pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. It will be useful to serious students of the history of English and takes full account of those readers who are mainly interested in the literature of the period by providing plenty of references to literary works and authors.


A handy introductory work for students of the English language, and suitable for class use in university departments of English.
- Matti Rissanen
An eminently readable book.
- Manfred Görlach, University of Cologne
The only book-length study of its subject, Early Modern English fills a well-defined need, being more detailed than the general histories of the language can be, but comprehensive as the period studies of aspects the language are not.
- Choice
The author's own greatest contribution is undoubtedly to have put together an outline of thewhole period in all its aspects.
- Martyn Wakelin
Barber provides the most throught study I have seen of this period. The book should be invaluable to any university with a strong program in English that includes teaching the history of the language.
- Catherine von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook