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Everyday English 1500-1700

A Reader

Edited by Bridget Cusack

Paperback (Printed to Order)
This collection of text extracts provides an invaluable resource for working directly with non-literary informal English of the Early Modern period. The book is organised into eight thematic sections: private diaries; personal daybooks and accounts; autobiographical material; letters; personal documents (wills and contracts); official documents by naive writers; records of spoken evidence given in court; and records of speech forming the basis of Court cases. Texts are arranged by type and each has a short linguistic and explanatory apparatus. Each section has a photographic illustration of a text manuscript. In addition to a general Introduction, the book includes a linguistic summary, a glossary, and a bibliography and list of sources.

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Formerly University of Edinburgh


An extremely useful source-book for courses on Early Modern English, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level...the student is brought as close as possible to the real language of the time.
- Year's Work in English Studies
The only book a really conscientious teacher of the history and structure of Early Modern English would use for source-texts.
- Professor Roger Lass, University of Cape Town
Anglia - Journal for English Philology