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

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von Hans Henrich Hock, Brian D. Joseph


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.

Tags: Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft

Taschenbuch - 9783110214291
Auflage: 2nd revised edition
Verlag: de Gruyter Mouton
Ersterscheinung: August 2009
ISBN-13: 9783110214291
Größe: 228 mm x 156 mm x 35 mm
Gewicht: 890 Gramm
588 Seiten

Hardcover - 9783110218428
Auflage: 2nd revidierte ed.
Verlag: De Gruyter Mouton
Ersterscheinung: August 2009
ISBN-13: 9783110218428
Größe: 230 mm x 155 mm x 47 mm
Gewicht: 1150 Gramm
608 Seiten
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