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Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics

Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-3110214291

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ISBN13: 978-3110214291
ISBN10: 3110214296
Edition: 2ND 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
Published: 2009
International: No

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Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics - 2ND 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-3110214291

Hans Henrich Hock

ISBN13: 978-3110214291
ISBN10: 3110214296
Edition: 2ND 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

Why does language change? Why can we speak to and understand our parents but have trouble reading Shakespeare? Why is Chaucer's English of the fourteenth century so different from Modern English of the late twentieth century that the two are essentially different languages? Why are Americans and English 'one people divided by a common language'? And how can the language of Chaucer and Modern English - or Modern British and American English - still be called the same language? The present book provides answers to questions like these in a straightforward way, aimed at the non-specialist, with ample illustrations from both familiar and more exotic languages. Most chapters in this new edition have been reworked, with some difficult passages removed, other passages thoroughly rewritten, and several new sections added, e.g. on language and race and on Indian writing systems. Further, the chapter notes and bibliography have all been updated. Key features widely-used textbook in an updated and revised second edition hands-on approach to the study of historical linguistics highly accessible through a strongly didactic, reader-friendly orientation

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