A History of the English Language (2006) (John Benjamins) by Elly van Gelderen

By Elly van Gelderen

This particularly transparent textual content specializes in inner adjustments within the English language. It outlines the historical past of English from pre-Old English instances to the current. not just does it current the conventional morphological descriptions of many of the levels of the language, it offers many instance sentences, texts, and cartoons which are analyzed for the good thing about the scholar and which make this publication excellent for sophistication use. a few language-external themes are coated corresponding to early printing and authorship debates. Tables and figures supplement the cloth coated and routines overview the details in addition to ask extra, more difficult, questions. solutions to the workouts are supplied, as is a time line directory a few of the exterior occasions, and a few advice on the way to use the OED. Complementary site details is supplied during the e-book, and a spouse site accompanies the book.
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It makes a distinction between older and more recent stages of the different branches. Note that for practical reasons not all languages and dialects are included. The oldest Indo-European may have been spoken 6,000 years ago, but it is unclear if it was in fact at one point one language (that is why we call it proto-Indo European) and whether it was spoken in one region, a ‘homeland’. A great deal of debate surrounds the possible Indo-European homeland. Renfrew (1987) argues that it is Anatolia and Gimbutas (1985) that it is North of the Caspian Sea.

The change is supposed to have taken place 1,500 years ago and distinguishes High German from Low German, Dutch, the Scandinavian languages, and English. 10. 2 to show how German has changed. 2. Examples of the Second Consonant Shift Dutch — English > German stop to affricate p pijp – pipe [p] > Pfeife [pf] t twee – two [t] > zwei [ts] k (restricted) stop to fricative slapen – sleep [p] > schlafen [f] eten – eat [t] > essen [s] boek – book [k] > Buch [X] stop remains speer, spear [p] > Speer [p] steen – stone [t] > Stein [t] sk..

There are many jokes and poems about spelling irregularities, such as the poem below from an unknown source: I take it you already know Of tough and bough and cough and dough? Some may stumble but not you, On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through? So now you are ready perhaps to learn of less familiar traps? Beware of heard, a dreadful word that looks like beard and sounds like bird, and dead is said like bed, not bead or deed. Watch out for meat, great, and threat that rhyme with suite, straight, and debt.

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