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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An engaging textbook on the history of the English language, from its earliest roots until today this book is a joy for anyone who loves the semantics of language. Read full review
A very detailed, well-argued study of the English language showing it's history from its Indo-European roots to the present day. A must for anyone interested in the linguistic side of English.
Language Families and IndoEuropean Languages
Old English 79
Early Modern English
English Around the World 341