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  • Måns Björkman
  • Ivan Derzhanski
  • John Garth
  • Pavel Iosad
  • Thorsten Renk
  • Aaron Shaw
  • Didier Willis

It cannot be too strongly emphasized that the study of the history of English in such a book as this … is a barren and lifeless pursuit if divorced from the study of the language itself as it exists in the actual documents of the different periods. If we would feel and realize the drama of linguistic evolution, we must penetrate by patient study into the spirit and life of the language at each period — a long and slow process — and then, when we can ‘look before and after’, we shall gradually gain a sense of growth and development …. All that the best history of English ever written can do for the student is to act as a guide to the path which he must tread anew for himself.

H. C. Wyld, A Short History of English

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