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#3601. McArthur の英語史年表 [timeline][history][world_englishes]

 McArthur の英語学事典のなかに,"A chronology of English" (475--81) と題して英語史年表が掲げられている.かなり長く詳しい年表である.「#2562. Mugglestone (編)の英語史年表」 ([2016-05-02-1]) で挙げた年表も長いが,それも今回の McArthur のものに多く依拠しているようだ.とりわけ,近現代にかけての英語の世界的な拡大に注目する年表となっている.参照用にどうぞ.

55 BCRoman military expedition to Britain by Julius Caesar.
AD 43Roman invasion of Britain under the Emperor Claudius, beginning 400 years of control over much of the island.
150From around this date, with Roman permission, small numbers of settlers arrive from the coastlands of Germany, speaking dialects ancestral to English.
297First mention of the Picts of Caledonia, tribes beyond Roman control, well to the north of Hadrian's Wall.
419Goths sack Rome.
436The end of a period of gradual Roman withdrawal. Britons south of the Wall are attacked by the Picts and by Scots from Ireland. Angles, Saxons, and other Germanic settlers come first as mercenaries to help the Britons, then take over more and more territory.
449the traditional date for the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon settlements.
450--80The first surviving Old English inscriptions, in runic letters.
495The Saxon kingdom of Wessex established.
500The kingdom of Dalriada established in Argyll by Scots from Ireland.
527The Saxon kingdoms of Essex and Middlesex established.
550The Angle kingdoms of Mercia, East Anglia, and Northumbria established.
557At the Battle of Deorham, the West Saxons drive a wedge between the Britons of Wales and Cornwall.
597Aethelberht, king of Kent, welcomes Augustine and the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity begins.
613At the Battle of Chester, the angles of Northumbria drive a wedge between the Britons of Wales and Cumbria.
638Edwin of Northumbria takes Lothian from the Britons.
700The first manuscript records of Old English from about this time.
792Scandinavians begin to raid and settle in Britain, Ireland, and France. In 793, they sack the monastery of Lindisfarne, the centre of Northumbrian scholarship.
795The Danes settle in parts of Ireland.
815Egbert of Wessex defeats the south-western Britons of Cornwall and incorporates Cornwall into his kingdom.
828Egbert of Wessex is hailed as bretwalda (lord of Britain), overlord of the Seven Kingdoms of the Angles and Saxons (the Heptarchy). England begins to emerge.
834The Danes raid England.
843Kenneth MacAlpin, King of Scots, gains the throne of Pictland.
865The Danes occupy Northumbria and establish a kingdom at York. Danish begins to influence English.
871Alfred becomes king of Wessex, translates works of Latin into English, and establishes the writing of prose in English.
886The boundaries of the Danelaw are settled.
911Charles II of France grants lands on the lower Seine to the Viking chief Hrolf the Ganger (Rollo the Rover). The beginnings of Normandy and Norman French.
954The expulsion of Eric Blood-Axe, last Danish king of York.
965The English invade the northern Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd.
973Edgar of England cedes Lothian to Kenneth II, King of Scots. Scotland multilingual: Gaelic dominant, Norse in the north, Cumbric in the South-west, English in the south-east, Latin for church and law.
992A treaty between Ethelred of England and the Normans.
1000The approximate date of the only surviving manuscript of the Old English epic poem Beowulf.
1007Ethelred the Unready pays danegeld to stop the Danes attacking England. In 1013, however, they take the country and Ethelred flees to Normandy.
1014The end of Danish rule in Ireland.
1016--42The reigns of Canute/Knut and his sons over Denmark, Norway, and England.
1051Edward the Confessor, King of England, impressed by the Normans and with French-speaking counsellors at his court, names as his heir William, Duke of Normandy, but reneges on his promise before his death.
1066The Norman Conquest. William defeats King Harold at Hastings, and sets in train the Normanization of the upper classes of the Britain Isles. England multilingual: English the majority language, Danish in the north, Cornish in the far south-west, Welsh on the border with Wales, Norman French at court and in the courts, and Latin in church and school.
1150The first surviving texts of Middle English.
1167The closure of the University of Paris to students from England accelerates the development of a university at Oxford.
1171Henry II invades Ireland and declares himself its overlord, introducing Norman French and English into the island.
1204King John loses the Duchy of Normandy to France.
1209The exodus of a number of students from Oxford leads to the Establishment of a second university in Cambridge.
1272--1307The reign of Edward I, who consolidates royal authority in England, and extends it permanently to Wales and temporarily to Scotland.
1282Death of Llewelyn, last native prince of Wales. In 1301, Edward of England's son and heir is invested as Prince of Wales.
1284The Statute of Rhuddlan establishes the law of England in Wales (in French and Latin), but retains the legal use of Welsh.
1314Robert Bruce reasserts Scottish independence by defeating Edward II at Bannockburn, an achievement later celebrated in an epic written in Scots.
1337The outbreak of the Hundred Years War between England and France, which ends with the loss of all England's French possessions save the Channel Islands.
1343?--1400The life of Geoffrey Chaucer.
1348(1) English replaces Latin as medium of instruction in schools, but not at Oxford and Cambridge. (2) The worst year of the Black Death.
1362(1) Through the Statute of Pleading, written in French, English replaces French as the language of law in England, but the records continue to be kept in Latin. (2) English is used for the first time in Parliament.
1384The publication of John Wycliffe's English translation of the Latin Bible.
1385The scholar John of Trevisa notes that 'in all the gramere scoles of Engelond, children leveth Frensche and construeth and lerneth in Englische'.
1400By this date the Great Vowel Shift has begun.
1450Printing by movable type invented in the Rhineland.
1476(1) The first English book printed: The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. translated from French by William Caxton, who printed it at Bruges in Flanders. (2) Caxton sets up the first printing press in England, at Westminster. In 1478, he publishes Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
1485The Battle of Bosworth, after which the part-Welsh Henry Tudor becomes King of England. Welsh nobles follow him to London.
1492Christopher Columbus discovers the new World.
1497Giovanni Caboto (Anglicized as 'John Cabot'), in a ship from Bristol, lands on the Atlantic coast of North America.
1499The publication of Thesaurus linguae romanae et britannicae (Treasury of the Roman and British Tongues), the first English-to-Latin wordbook, the work of Galfridus Grammaticus (Geoffrey the Grammarian).
1504The settlement of St John's on Newfoundland as a shore base for English fisheries.
1507The German geographer Martin Waldseemüller puts the name America on his map of the world.
1525The publication of William Tyndale's translation of the New Testament of the Bible.
1534Jacques Cartier lands on the Gaspé Peninsula in North America and claims it for France.
1536 and 1542The Statue of Wales (Acts of Union) unites England and Wales, excluding Welsh from official use.
1542Henry VIII of England proclaims himself King of Ireland.
1549The publication of the first version of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, the work in the main of Thomas Cranmer.
1558--1603The reign of Elizabeth I.
1450--1620The plantation of Ireland, first by English settlers and after 1603 also by Scots, establishing English throughout the island and Scots in Ulster.
1564--1616The life of William Shakespeare.
1583Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes Newfoundland as England's first colony beyond the British Isles.
1584The settlement of Roanoke Island by colonists led by Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1587, Virginia Dare born at Roanoke, first child of English parents in North America. In 1590, the settlers of Roanoke disappear without trace.
1588The publication of Bishop Morgan's translation of the Bible into Welsh, sering as a focus for the survival of the language.
1600English traders establish the East India Company.
1603The Union of the Crowns under James VI of Scotland, I of England.
1604The publication of Robert Cawdrey's Table Alphabeticall, the first dictionary of English.
1606The Dutch explore northern New Holland (Terra Australis).
1607The Jamestown colony in Virginia, the first permanent English settlement and the first representative assembly in the New World.
1608Samuel Champlain founds the city of Quebec in New France.
1611The publication of the Authorized or King James Version of the Bible, intended for use in the Protestant services of England, Scotland, and Ireland. A major influence on the written language and in adapting Scots towards English.
1612(1) Bermuda colonized under the charter of the Virginia Company. (2) Traders of the East India Company establish themselves in Gujarat, India.
1614King James writes in English to the Moghul Emperor Jehangir, in order to encourage trade with 'the Orientall Indies'.
1619At the Jamestown colony in America, the first African slaves arrive on a Dutch ship.
1620The Mayflower arrives in the New World and the Pilgrim Fathers set up Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts. English is now in competition as a colonial language in the Americas with Dutch, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
1622Publication in London of the first English newspaper, Weekly News.
1623Publication in London of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays.
1627An English colony established on Barbados in the Caribbean.
1637(1) English traders arrive on the coast of China. (2) The Académie française founded.
1640An English trading factory established at Madras.
1647The Bahamas colonized by settlers from Bermuda.
1652The first Dutch settlers arrive in southern Africa.
1655England acquires Jamaica from Spain.
1659The East India Company annexes St Helena in the south Atlantic.
1660John Dryden expresses his admiration for the Académie française and its work in 'fixing' French and wishes for something similar to serve English.
1662The Royal Society of London receives its charter from Charles II. In 1664, it appoints a committee to consider ways of improving English as a language of science.
1670The Hudson's Bay Company founded for fur trading in northern America.
1674Charles II receives Bombay from the Portuguese in the dowry of Catherine of Braganza and gives it to the East India Company.
1687Isaac Newton writes Principia Mathematica in Latin: see 1704.
1688The publication of Oronooko, or the History of the Royal Slave, by Aphra Behn: one of the first novels in English, by the first woman novelist in English, based on personal experience of a slave revolt in Surinam.
1690A trading factory established at Calcutta in Bengal.
1696British and French colonists in North America in open conflict.
1697The Boston clergyman Cotton Mather applies the term American to English-speaking settlers in the New World.
1702Publication in London of the first regular daily newspaper in English, The Daily Courant.
1704Isaac Newton writes his second major work, Opticks, in English: see 1687.
1707The Act of Union, uniting the Parliaments of England and Scotland, creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain, but keeping separate the state religions, educations systems, and laws of the two kingdoms.
1712(1) Jonathan Swift in Dublin proposes an English Academy to 'fix' the language and compete adequately with French. (2) In India, the Moghul Empire begins to decline.
1713(1) At the Treat of Utrecht, France surrenders Hudson's Bay, Acadia, and Newfoundland to the British. (2) Gibraltar is ceded to Britain by Spain.
1726Ephraim Chambers publishes his Cyclopaedia, the first encyclopedia.
1731The abolition of Law French in England.
1746The Wales and Berwick Act, by which England is deemed to include Wales and the Scottish town of Berwick is incorporated into England.
1755The publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language.
1757The East India Company becomes the power behind the government of Bengal.
1759General James Wolfe takes Quebec for the British.
1759--96The life of Robert Burns.
1762The publication of Robert Lowth's Short Introduction to the English Grammar.
1763The French cede New France to Britain, retaining only St Pierre and Miquelon (islands off Newfoundland).
1768--71The partwork publication in Edinburgh of The Encyclopaedia Britannica.
1770Captain James Cook takes possession of the Australian continent for Britain.
1770--1850The life of William Wordsworth.
1771--1832The life of Sir Walter Scott.
1774(1) The Quebec Act creates the British province of Quebec, extending to the Ohio and Mississippi. (2) The Regulating Act places Bombay and Madras under the control of Bengal and the East India Company becomes a kind of state.
1776The Declaration of Independence by thirteen British colonies in North America and the start of the American War of Independence (1776--83) which created the United States of America, the first nation outside the British Isles with English as its principal language.
1778Captain James Cook visits and names the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
1780--1800British Empire loyalists move from the US to Canada.
1785In London, the newspaper The Daily Universal Register founded. Renamed The Times in 1788.
1786(1) Lord Cornwallis is appointed first Governor-General of British India. (2) A British penal colony is established at Botany Bay in Australia. In 1788, the first convicts arrive there.
1791(1) The British colonies of Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec) are established. (2) In London, the newspaper The Observer is founded, the oldest national Sunday newspaper in Britain.
1792The first Europeans settle in New Zealand.
1794The publication of Lindley Murray's English Grammar.
1802The establishment of the British colonies of Ceylon and Trinidad.
1803(1) The Act of Union incorporating Ireland into Britain, as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. (2) The Louisiana Purchase, by which the US buys from France its remaining North American territories, and doubles its size.
1806The British take control of Cape Colony in southern Africa.
1808The establishment of the British colony of Sierra Leone.
1814(1) The British annex Cape Colony. (2) France cedes to Britain Malta, Mauritius, St Lucia, and Tobago.
1816The establishment of the British colony of Bathurst (the Gambia).
1819(1) The establishment of the British colony of Singapore. (2) The US purchases Florida from Spain.
1820Christian missionaries from the US visit Hawaii.
1821American settlers arrive in the Mexican territory of Texas.
1828The publication of Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language.
1829Australia becomes a British dependency.
1831The establishment of the colony of British Guiana.
1833(1) The abolition of slavery in the British Empire. (2) St Helena becomes a British colony.
1835Thomas Macaulay writes the Minute on Education whereby the British rulers of India endorse English as a language of education for Indians.
1835--1910The life of Sam Clemens (Mark Twain).
1836Texas declares its independence from Mexico.
1839The first Boer Republic is established in Natal, South Africa, after the Great Trek from the Cape.
1840(1) The Treaty of Waitangi, by which the Maori of New Zealand cede all rights and powers of government to Britain. (2) The transportation of convicts to Eastern Australia is ended.
1841(1) Upper and Lower Canada are brought together as British North America. (2) New Zealand becomes a British colony. (3) In London, the founding of the weekly magazine Punch.
1842(1) The opening of Chinese ports other than Canton to Western traders, after the defeat of China in the Opium War. Hong Kong is ceded by China to Britain as a Crown Colony. (2) The Philological Society is formed in London.
1844The first telegraph message transmitted, between Washington and Baltimore.
1845Texas becomes a state of the United States.
1846The British annex Natal but recognize the Transvaal and the Orange Free State as autonomous Boer republics.
1848In the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico cedes vast western territories to the US.
1850(1) Britain takes control of the Bay Islands of Honduras, an English-speaking enclave in Central America. (2) Legislative councils are established in Australia by British Act of Parliament.
1852The publication of Roget's Thesaurus.
1853(1) Japan is forced by Commander Matthew Perry of the US Navy to open its harbours to Western trade. (2) The transportation of convicts to Tasmania is ended.
1855The government of the colony of New South Wales is established.
1856The governments of the colonies of Tasmania and Victoria are established.
1857The Sepoy Rebellion (War of Independence, Indian Mutiny) in India leads to the transfer of British India from the East India Company to the Crown.
1858(1) The Philological Society passes a resolution calling for a new dictionary of English on historical principles. (2) Britain cedes the Bay Islands to Honduras.
1861The establishment of the British colony of Lagos (Nigeria).
1862The establishment of the colony of British Honduras.
1863The establishment of the Cambridge Overseas Examinations.
1865The abolition of slavery in the US, at the end of the Civil War. At the outbreak of the war there were over 4m slaves.
1867(1) The Dominion of Canada is created, consisting of Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. (2) Alaska is purchased from Russia by the US.
1868(1) Transportation of convicts to Western Australia is ended. (2) In the US, Christopher Latham Sholes and colleagues patent the first successful typewriter.
1869(1) Rupert's Land and the Northwest Territories are bought by Canada from the Hudson's Bay Company. (2) Basutoland becomes a British protectorate.
1870Manitoba becomes a province of Canada.
1771British Columbian becomes a province of Canada.
1873(1) The formation of the English Dialect Society (dissolved in 1896). (2) Prince Edward Islands becomes a provicen of Canada.
1874The establishment of the British colony of the Gold Coast in West Africa.
1879James A. H. Murray begins editing the Philological Society's New English Dictionary on Historical Principles.
1882--1941The Life of James Joyce.
1884(1) The Berlin Conference, in which European powers begin 'the scramble for Africa'. (2) Britain declares a protectorate over South East New Guinea. (3) The French, Germans, and British attempt to annex what shortly becomes the German colony of Kamerun. (4) Publication of the irst fascile, A--Ant, of Murray's dictionary (the OED).
1886The aanexation of Burma into British India and the abolition of the Burmese monarchy.
1888--94The establishment of Britisih protectorates in Kenya, Uganda, and Zanzibar.
1889The formation of the American Dialect Society.
1895The establishment of the British East African Protectorate, open to white settlers.
1898(1) The annexation of Hawaii by the US. In 1900, it becomes a US territory. (2) Spain cedes the Philippines and Puerto Rico to the US. (3) Yukon Territory comes under Canadian government control.
1901(1) The establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia as a dominion of the British Empire. (2) The first wireless telegraphy messages sent across the Atlantic by Guglielmo Marconi (Cornwall to Newfoundland). (3) The first film-show, in an arcade opened in Los Angeles, California.
1903(1) A message from US President Theodore Roosevelt circles the world in less than 10 minutes by Pacific Cable.
1903--50The life of George Orwell.
1905(1) Alberta and Saskatchewan become provinces of Canada. (2) The first cartoon strip, 'Little Nemo', appears in the New York Herald.
1906(1) The formation of the English Association. (2) The first full-length motion picture, The Story of the Kelly Gang. (3) the publication of the Fowler brothers' The King's English.
1907(1) The establishment of New Zealand as a dominion of the British Empire. (2) The first regular studio-based radio broadcasts by the De Forest Radio Telephone Company in the US. (3) The foundation of Hollywood as a film-making centre.
1910(1) The establishment of the Union of South Africa as a dominion of the British Empire. (2) The first radio receivers made in kit form for sale in the US.
1911The publication of the Fowler borthers' Concise Oxford Dictionary.
1913(1) The formation of the Society for Pure English. (2) The first crossword puzzle published, in the New York World.
1914(1) A third Home Rule Bill for Ireland passed by the British Parliament, but prevented from coming into operation by the outbreak of the First World War. (2) The German colony of Kamerun invaded by the French and British.
1915The death of Sir James A. H. Murray, aged 78, having finished the section Trink-Turndown in the OED.
1916(1) The Easter Rising in Dublin, an unsuccessful armed rebellion against the British, during which an Irish Rebulic is proclaimed. (2) The Technicolor process is first used in the film The Gulf Between, in the US.
1917The publication of Daniel Jones's English Pronoucing Dictionary.
1918(1) The formation of the English-Speaking Union. (2) The US War Industries Board declares moving pictures an essential industry.
1919(1) The German colony of Tanganyika ceded to Britain. (2) The German colony of Kamerun divided between France (Cameroun) and Britain (Cameroon). (3) The publication of H. L. Mencken's The American Language.
1920(1) The Partition of Ireland. (2) Kenya becomes a British colony. (3) The first public radio station set up by Marconi in the US.
1921(1) A treaty between the United Kingdom and the Irish Free State, which accepts dominion status within the British Empire. (2) The first full-length 'talkie' Dream Street produced by United Artists, in the US.
1922(1) The establishment of the British Broadcasting Company, renamed the British Boradcasting Corporation (BBC). (2) The founding in the US of the monthly magazine The Reader's Digest.
1923The founding of Time magazine in the US.
1925(1) The borders of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland established. (2) Afrikaans gains official status in South Africa. (3) The founding of the weekly magazine The New Yorker.
1926The publication of Henry W. Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage.
1927(1) Fox's Movietone News, the first sound newsfilm, released in the US. (2) The first film with dialogue, They're Coming to Get Me. released in the US.
1928The publication of Murray's Dictionary as The Oxford English Dictionaryy, 70 years after Trench's proposal to the Philological Society.
1930(1) C. K. Ogden lauches Basic English. (2) The first television programme with synchronized sight and sound broadcast by the BBC.
1931(1) The British Commonwealth of Nations formed. (2) South Africa becomes a dominion of the British Empire. (3) The Cambridge Proficiency Examination held outside Britain for the first time.
1933The publication of supplement to The Oxford English Dictionary.
1934Tghe British Council created as an arm of British cultural diplomacy and a focus for teaching English as a foreign language.
1935(1) The Philippines become a self-governing Commonwealth in association withthe US. (2) The Publication of the first ten Penguin Paperback titles.
1936The Republic of Ireland severs all constitutional links with Great Britain.
1937(1) Burma is seprated from British India and granted a constitution and limited self-rule. (2) In Wales, a new constitution for the National Eisteddfod makes Welsh its official language.
1938Photocopying invented.
1942The publication in Japan of the Idiomatic and Syntactic English Dictionary. prepared before the war by A. S. Hornby, E. V. Gatenby, and H. Wakefield.
1945Japan is occupied bythe Americans on behalf of the Allies.
1946(1) The Philippines gain their independence from the US. (2) The French colony of Cameroun and the British colony of Cameroon become United Nations trusteeships.
1947(1) British India is partitioned and India and Pakistan become independent states. (2) New Zealand gains its independence from Britain.
1948(1) Burma and Ceylon gain their independence from Britain. (2) The dictionary of Hornby et al. is brought out by Oxford University Press as A Learner's Dictionary of Current English.
1949(1) Newfoundland becomes a province of Canada. (2) Two New Guinea territories are combined by the United Nations as a Australian mandate: the United Nations Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea.
1951The launch of the first two working business computers: the LED in the UK and the UNIVAC in the US.
1952Puerto Rico becomes a Commonwealth in association with the US.
1957(1) The Gold Coast becomes independent from Britain as the Republic of Ghana. (2) Robert W. Burchfield is appointed editor of a new Supplement to The Oxford English Dictionary.
1957--63The British colonies of Malaya and Borneo become independent and unite as Malaysia.
1959Alask and Hawaii become states of the US.
1960Nigeria and French Cameroun become independent.
1961(1) South Africa becomes a republic, leaves the Commonwealth, and adopts Afrikaans and English as its two official languages. (2) The British colony of Cameroon divides, part joining Nigeria, part joining the ex-French colony to become the Republic of Cameroon. (3) Sierra Leone and Cyprus gain their independence from Britain. (4) The publication of Webster's Third International Dictionary.
1962Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda gain their independence from Britain.
1963(1) Kenya gains its independence from Britain. (2) The first protests in Wales by the Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg/Welsh Language Society, aimed at achieving fuller use of Welsh.
1964(1) Malta, Nyasaland (as Malawai), Tanganyika and Zanzibar (as Tanzania), and Northern Rhodesia (as Zambia) gain their independence from Britain. (2) The publication in Paris of René Etiemble's Parlez-vous franglais?
1965Gambia and Singapore gain their independence from Britain.
1966Barbados, Basutoland (as Lesotho), Bechuanaland (as Botswana), and British Guiana (as Guyana) gain their independence from Britain.
1967The Welsh Language Act gives Welsh equal validity with English in Wales, and Wales is no longer deemed to be a part of England.
1968Mauritius, Swaziland, and Nauru gain their independence from Britain.
1969Canada becomes officially bilingual, with a commitment to federal services in English and French.
1971The invention of the microprocessor, a revolutionary development in computing.
1972(1) East Pakistan secedes and becomes its Republic of Bangladesh. (2) Two feminist magazines launched: Ms in the US and Spare Rib in the UK.
1973The Bahamas gain their independence.
1974Cyngor yr Iaith Gymraeg/Council for the Welsh Language set up to advise the Secretary of State for Wales on matters concerning the language.
1975(1) Papua New Guinea gains its independence from Australia. (2) The Bas-Lauriol law is passed in France, requiring the use of the French language alone in advertising and commerce.
1977(1) The spacecraft Voyager travels into deep space, carrying a message in English to any extraterrestrials. (2) In Quebec, Loi 101/Bill 101 is passed, making French the sole official language of the province, limiting access to English-medium school, and banning public signs in languages other than French.
1978The government of Northern Territory in Australia is established.
1980The British government averts a fast to the death by Gwynfor Evans, leader of Plaid Cymru (Welsh National Party), by honouring election pledges to provide a fourth television channel using both Welsh and English.
1981British Honduras gains its independence as Belize.
1982The patriation of Canada's constitution. The Canada Act is the last act of the British Parliament concerning Canadian affairs.
1983The publication of The New Testament in Scots, a translation by William L. Lorimer.
1984The launch of the Apple Macintosh personal (desktop) computer.
1985(1) The publication by Longman of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. (2) The publication by Belknap Press of the first volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English. (3) The launch by Cambridge University Press of the quarterly magazine-cum-journal English Today: The International Review of the English Language.
1986Showing by the BBC in the UK and public television in the US of The Story of English, a television series with both British and American backers, accompanied by a book, and followed by a radio version on BBC World Service.
1989The publication of the 2nd edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, blending the first edition and its supplements.

 ・ McArthur, Tom, ed. The Oxford Companion to the English Language. Oxford: OUP, 1992.

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