Irregularities in Modern English

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University Press of Southern Denmark, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 382 pages
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This book is innovative from the first edition in that it reverses the history of the English language, taking present-day English as its point of departure, and historical explanations are given only in so far as they illustrate modern forms. In other words, the book does not presuppose a reading knowledge of Old and Middle English, but aims at providing students with ready answers to questions they may have concerning modern "irregularities". Dutch and German examples and parallels which might shed light on English forms and developments have also been included, comparisons that are meant not only to heighten linguistic awareness on the part of the reader, but also to show what exactly happened in closely related languages.

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