Like all living languages, English has gone through tremendous changes, perhaps the greatest in the years 1500-1800, as it continued its movement away from Middle English. It was during this time that scholars began to standardize the language and impose grammatical rules. This need to standardize was driven by the onslaught of printing technology, which produced increasingly greater quantities of printed books sought after by a growing number of literate adults. The rules, guidelines, and precedents set during this time continue to affect the way we speak and write today.
In English Linguistics, UMI® brings together 365 titles essential to the study of English linguistics on a historical basis. The facsimiles preserved in the collection comprise a comprehensive and authoritative source of linguistic studies. The titles include textbooks of rhetoric and logic, early grammars (written in English) of most Indo-European languages, grammars of English, dictionaries, studies in the theory of language, and studies on pronunciation and style.
Titles reveal linguistic changes, demonstrating language evolution through the years. Here is a sampling:
This collection is essential to those studying linguistics, the history of language, etymology, semantics, the history of education, rhetoric, and sociology.