The English Language Robert Burchfield Folio Society 2006


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The English Language by Robert Burchfield

As a former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, Robert Burchfield is uniquely qualified to explore the fascinating appeal and history of English – its resilience and flexibility, how its spoken and written forms evolved and mirrored the development of its mother country. The pace and eclectic nature of change is astonishing: Chaucer’s poetry is a foreign language to us; Shakespeare’s so different that many readers can only gradually appreciate his meaning and beauty. Vocabulary as well as style has changed, and continues to be immeasurably enriched by contract with other languages and nations. Even today’s slang – a ‘dustbin language’ – pumps new blood through our newspapers, novels and dictionaries.


  • Folio Society First Impression No. 1321
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2006
  • Quarter Red Buckram Hardback, 229 pp
  • With plates showing paintings, photographs, documents and prints.
  • Size 230 x 150mm, 900g

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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