9780155016453

A Biography of the English Language

  • ISBN 13:

    9780155016453

  • ISBN 10:

    0155016458

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 01/02/1996
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
  • Newer Edition

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Summary

The second 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 culural 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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