The book presents the fundamentals of linguistics and the historical survey of languages to the reader without any complication and obscurity. It is a valuable book for students and scholars of linguistics. The author has followed the traditional order of presentation. He begins with the survey of languages of the world, proceeds with the study of phonetic structure, grammatical forms, syntax and morphology, each being the indispensable preliminary to the study of the ensuing one. The book is divided into 38 chapters which gives a detailed and thorough knowledge of the subject on all important issues, such as analogic and semantic changes, cultural, intimate and dialect borrowings and scores of other points related to the subjects. Of these, Chapter 24 - Semantic Change and Chapter 25 - Cultural Borrowings are much palatable. It is in these chapters that the reader can get right away from the mechanics of language and follow the play of human mind. The book is documented with notes, bibliography, table of phonetic symbols and index.
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Writing is not language, but merely a way or recording language
we can not foretell what one person will say but if we found it possible and worthwhile to register every speech-utterance in a large community, we should doubtless be able to foretell how many times any utterance would be spoken, especially about the changes that are constantly going on in every language.
THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE
THE USE OF LANGUAGE
THE LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD
THE PEONEME 6 TYPES OF PHONEMES
TYPES OF PHONETIC CHANGE
FLUCTUATION IN THE FREQUENCY OF FORMS
FORMCLASSES AND LEXICON
THE COMPARATIVE METHOD