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By Albert C. Baugh

ISBN-10: 0203994639

ISBN-13: 9780203994634

A heritage of the English Language explores the linguistic and cultural improvement of English from the Roman conquest of britain to the current day to supply a entire evaluate of the various features of its historical past. This best-selling vintage textbook has been revised and up-to-date and encourages the reader to enhance either an figuring out of present-day English and an enlightened perspective towards the problems affecting the language this present day. New positive factors of the 6th variation comprise: an extra bankruptcy titled 'English within the Twenty-first Century', which examines the way forward for English and different international languages and contains an evaluate of chinese language as an international language an in-depth remedy of phonological adjustments, similar to the situation of the good Vowel Shift as a bridge among center English and Renaissance English additional insurance of corpus linguistics, particularly for Renaissance English clean sections on accessory and sign up a brand new survey of the new debate among "creolists" and "neo-Anglicists" at the origins of African American Vernacular English. Balanced and wide-ranging, this textbook is a must-read for any scholar learning the historical past of the English language

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Whether nationalist sentiment will succeed in arresting the declining trend that has been observable here as in the other Celtic territory remains to be seen. If language planning efforts fail, it seems inevitable that eventually another branch of the Indo-European family of languages will disappear. , Oxford, 1936), pp. 444–58. , London, 1972), chaps. 1, 2, and 9. The Indo-European family of languages 31 27. Twentieth-century Discoveries. Besides the nine branches described above, discoveries in the twentieth century added two new groups to the family: Hittite and Tocharian.

5 These differences would be increased by separation and the influence of the languages spoken by the native populations as they adopted the new language. The Belgae and the Celts in Gaul, described by Caesar, differed from the Iberians in Spain. D. 107. 6 The principle can be illustrated by a modern instance. The Portuguese spoken in Brazil has no sound like the English th. Brazilians who learn English consequently have difficulty in acquiring this sound and tend to substitute some other sound of their own language for it.

23. Italic. The Italic branch has its center in Italy, and to most people Italy in ancient times suggests Rome and the language of Rome, Latin. But the predominant position occupied by Latin in the historical period should not make us forget that Latin was only one of a number of languages once found in this area. The geographical situation and agreeable climate of The Indo-European family of languages 25 the peninsula seem frequently and at an early date to have invited settlement, and the later population represents a remarkably diverse culture.

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