By Albert C. Baugh
A background 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 complete assessment of the various elements of its historical past. This best-selling vintage textbook has been revised and up to date and encourages the reader to boost either an realizing of present-day English and an enlightened angle towards the problems affecting the language this present day. New beneficial properties of the 6th variation contain: an extra bankruptcy titled 'English within the Twenty-first Century', which examines the way forward for English and different worldwide languages and comprises an review of chinese language as a global language an in-depth remedy of phonological alterations, corresponding to the location of the nice 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 in a brand new survey of the hot 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 background of the English language
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Finally, Europe had seen the invasion of the Hun and the Turk and other Asiatic peoples, and it seemed natural to think of the movements of population as generally westward. But it was eventually recognized that such considerations formed a very slender basis for valid conclusions. It was observed that by far the larger part of the languages of this family have been in Europe from the earliest times to which our knowledge extends. Was it not more natural to suppose that the few representatives of the family in Asia should have made their way eastward than that nearly all the languages of Europe should have been the result of Asiatic incursions?
The oldest literary texts preserved in any Indo-European language are the Vedas or sacred books of India. These fall into four groups, the earliest of which, the Rig-veda, is a 3 Cf. the change of s to z (which became r medially in West Germanic) in the form of cēosan— cēas—curon—coren noted in § 46. Shevoroshkin, “Nostratic,” Annual Review of Anthropology, 17 (1988), 309–29. Illich-Svitych and Aron Dolgopolsky have proposed that the Indo-European, the Afro-Asiatic, and the Dravidian language families, among others, are related in this superfamily.
C. The entrance of the Hellenes into the Aegean was a gradual one and proceeded in a series of movements by groups speaking different dialects of the common language. They spread not only through the mainland of Greece, absorbing the previous populations, but also into the islands of the Aegean and the coast of Asia Minor. C. Of the Greek language we recognize five principal dialectal groups: the Ionic, of which Attic is a subdialect, found (except for Attic) in Asia Minor and the islands of the Aegean Sea; Aeolic in the north and northeast; Arcadian-Cyprian in the Peloponnesus and Cyprus; Doric, which later replaced Arcadian in the Peloponnesus; and A history of the english language 24 Northwest Greek in the north central and western part of the Greek mainland.
A History of the English Language by Albert C. Baugh