A Biography of the English Language
The third edition of A BIOGRAPHY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to examine the structure of language. The textbook discusses three important issues: languages and language change are systematic; the inner history of a language is profoundly affected by its outer history of political and cultural events; and the English of the past has everywhere left its traces on present-day English. By uncovering the language's past, one can better communicate with it.
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Review: A Biography of the English LanguageUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
Extremely boring, extremely fascinated. I've never been so intrigued whilst snoring. It's like reading your own family history--not particularly impressive, but it's your own and every minutia is grand because it's so much a part of your day to day existence. Read full review
Review: A Biography of the English LanguageUser Review - Alex - Goodreads
Great for people interested in a beginner's book on linguistics. Read full review
Language Families and IndoEuropean Languages
Old English 79
Early Modern English
English Around the World 341