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  1. Key text and other essential reading 4 items
    See Canvas for precise week-by-week reading guidance.
    1. Key text (weeks 1-7) 1 item
      All essential reading for weeks 1-7 is from the key text, which is available as an e-book from the ARU library.
      1. History of the English Language - Elly van Gelderen 2006

        Book Essential Reading

    2. Week 8 1 item
    3. Week 9 1 item
    4. Week 10 1 item
  2. Additional reading 15 items
    1. Other books about the history of English 7 items
      These books all cover the history of the language in slightly different ways. You might find that you prefer one of these to the key text, which is fine. You can take any accurate perspective on the issues we discuss in the exam and it is an advantage to have read beyond the key text.
      1. A Brief History of English Syntax - Olga Fischer, Wim van der Wurff, Hendrik De Smet

        Book Recommended Reading

      2. The History of English: A Student's Guide - Ishtla Singh

        Book Background Reading

      3. A historical syntax of English - Bettelou Los 2015

        Book Background Reading

      4. English historical syntax: verbal constructions - David Denison 1993

        Book Background Reading

      5. The History of English: An Introduction - Stephan Gramley 2012

        Book Background Reading

      6. Language change: progress or decay? - Aitchison, Jean 2012

        Book Background Reading

      7. A history of the English language - Albert C. Baugh, Thomas Cable 2014

        Book Background Reading

    2. Books about English grammar 4 items
      You might need to refresh your knowledge of how modern English works, in which case these books might be useful.
      1. Introducing English grammar - Kersti Börjars, Kate Burridge 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Background Reading

      2. Cambridge grammar of English: a comprehensive guide: spoken and written English grammar and usage - Ronald Carter, Michael McCarthy 2006

        Book Background Reading

      3. Syntax : A Generative Introduction - Carnie, Andrew 2013

        Book Background Reading

    3. Books on related topics 4 items
      Language change is closely connected to language acquisition, language contact and creolisation. Here are some good books about these topics.
      1. First language acquisition: the essential readings - Barbara Lust, Claire Foley 2004

        Book Background Reading

      2. Defining Creole - John McWhorter 2004 (electronic resource)

        Book Background Reading

      3. Language contact and grammatical change - Bernd Heine, Tania Kuteva 2005

        Book Background Reading

      4. The Handbook of Language Contact - Raymond Hickey, Raymond Hickey 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Background Reading