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Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship : An Introduction to Historical and Comparitive Linguistics - 96 edition

Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship : An Introduction to Historical and Comparitive Linguistics (ISBN10: 311014784X; ISBN13: 9783110147841)
ISBN13: 978-3110147841
ISBN10: 311014784X

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-3110147858
ISBN10: 3110147858

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 th ...show moree 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 96
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
Year Published: 1996
International: No

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