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, gramatical forms, syntax and morphology, each being the indispensable preliminary to the study of the ensuing one.
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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 or Language
The Use of Language
The Languages of the World
Types of Phonemes
The Comparative Method
Types of Phonetic Change
Fluctuation in the Frequency of Forms
FormClasses and Lexicon