A Systemic Functional History of English Language Change: Cultural Semantics, Discourse Semantics, Register and Genre
Michael Cummings [+]
York University, Toronto.
The history of English illustrates the applicability of this model. The first part of the model concerns cultural semantics, discourse semantics, register and genre. Change in each of these areas run through the stages of Old English, early Middle English, later Middle English, early Modern English, and later Modern English.