English history textbook

Benjamin Lukoff blukoff at ALVORD.COM
Thu Jul 31 20:30:51 UTC 2008

> From:    James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>>
> If you were teaching a course on the history and structure of the
> English language, basically an introduction to linguistics and the
> history of English for third- and fourth-year students for whom the
> course will likely be the only linguistics course they take, what
> text would you use? (I won't be, but someone I'm related to will;
> he's been out of academe for some time and so is brushing up on
> what's currently preferred for such uses, and I said I'd ask around
> too.) The one text I can think of is Algeo and Pyles, though I'm not
> sure whether the balance of focus in it is just right for the
> specific course in question. And O'Grady doesn't really cover
> history. Plus this is a one-semester course.

I'm a fan of Baugh & Cable.

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