Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship

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

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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.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 588 pages
  • De Gruyter
  • de Gruyter Mouton
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Revised
  • 2nd rev. ed.
  • 311021430X
  • 9783110214307

About Hans Henrich Hock

Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; Brian D. Joseph, Ohio State University, USA.show more

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