The Origins and Development of the English Language
The fourth edition of THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to focus on the internal history of English -- its sounds, grammar, and vocabulary. In organization, the vocabulary is still treated most intensely in the final three chapter of the book. By studying the history of English, one can better understand the irregularities of modern English as well as finding more about ourselves.
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acquired adjectives adverb affix alphabet American English became become borrowed British English called Celtic Chaucer cited Class cognate compound consonant dative declension derived dialect Dictionary diphthongs distinct doubtless earlier early Modern English ending England English language English words example frequently fricative genitive Germanic languages grammar Greek guage indicate Indo-European languages inflectional initial instance later Latin learned less letters linguistic loanwords lost meaning Middle English Middle English period Midland morphemes mutation neuter nominative nouns occur Old English Old French older origin palatal past participle phonetic plural form preterit pronounced pronunciation Proto-Germanic represent Roman Sanskrit Scandinavian Semitic semivowel sense shift sometimes sound Spanish speakers spelling spoken standard British standard English stress strong verbs suffix survives syllable symbol tense term thou tion Tocharian tongue ultimately unstressed usage usually variant velar Verner's Law voiced voiceless vowel writing written