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A2 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ­ VARIETIES, EDITORIAL WRITING

ENGLISH LANG/LIT ­ GENRE STUDIES

HISTORICAL TEXTS

Four major changes affected English in period between 1500 (you won't
get anything earlier than this) and the present:

Continuing loss of inflections
Standardisation of spelling and syntax
Acquisition of thousands of Latin, Greek and other…

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CHECKLIST OF POINTS FOR HISTORICAL TEXTS

Spelling ­ reflecting pronunciation and lack of standarisation

The spelling of the same word in different ways in the same text
Interchangeable u / v, i / y, s / f
Redundant final e in singulars (reflecting pronunciation)
Variant spellings of final e in…

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