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1. Modelling English Part I. The History of English: 2. The origins of English 3. Old English 4. Middle English 5. Early Modern English 6. Modern English 7. World English Part II. English Vocabulary: 8. The nature of the lexicon 9. The sources of the lexicon 10. Etymology 11. The structure of the lexicon 12. Lexical dimensions Part III. English Grammar: 13. Grammatical mythology 14. The structure of words 15. Word classes 16. The structure of sentences Part IV. Spoken and Written English: 17. The sound system 18. The writing system Part V. Using English: 19. Varieties of discourse 20. Regional variation 21. Social variation 22. Personal variation Part VI. Learning about English: 23. Learning English as a mother tongue 24. New ways of studying English Appendices Indexes.