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Author: Charles Barber
ISBN: 1107693934
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2012)
Language: English
Category: Words Language & Grammar
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Rating: 4.6
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e-Book The English Language (Canto Classics) epub download

by Charles Barber

Series: Canto Classics. Paperback: 318 pages. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The main theoretical and technical concepts of historical linguistics are also explained.

ISBN 13: 9781107693937.

Promotional Information. the layers of vocabulary are dealt with brilliantly.

A Historical Introduction.

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This bestselling text by Charles Barber, with updating contributions from Joan C. Beal . Beal and Philip A. Shaw, recounts the.

By (author) Charles Barber. Format Paperback 312 pages.

This bestselling text by Charles Barber, with updating contributions from Joan C. Beal and Philip A. Shaw, recounts the history of the English language from its remote ancestry to the present day. Using dozens of familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Shakespeare and Chaucer, the English language is explored in terms of where it came from, where it is going, and the global impact it has had, taking into account the many varieties of English that now exist. Stimulating and interesting, it is not only written for specialists on language and linguistics, but also for general readers who take an interest in the subject.
I found this book fascinating, as it brought together so much information on topics that I'd previously skimmed over or touched on tangentially. For example, the introductory section on phonetics was just what I needed as a solid foundation for all the references I'd come across randomly before. Each of the following sections were both enlightening in a general way and full of interesting little nuggets that explained the general development of the English language and especially all the curious little quirks of pronunciation and spelling that occurred along the way. I found it especially interesting because of my knowledge of other languages, with all sorts of connections and contrasts jumping out at me in relation to German, French and even Gaelic. For example the fact that "adder" in English evolved from OE "naedre" ("a nadder" becoming "an adder") made me think of the Gaelic "nathair" for snake.
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A fascinating read, it details the history of the English language from the linguistic standpoint. Linguistic terms are explained clearly for those who may not have a very detailed background in linguistics, (such as myself) but are interested in the subject. It's a great way to get started!
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This book seems like an excellent introduction to the history of English-language development. I would caution anyone who is considering this book to evaluate how technical a work they wish to read. If the annswer is 'not very' or even 'moderately,' I'd advise them to keep clear of Barber's text. He has many lengthy analyses of morphology and phonology changes of Indo-European, Proto-Germanic and Old-English words, which can be confusing or exhausting if a reader doesn't have a serious interest. (I do, but still think it's a bit dull.) My knowledge of this subject prior to reading the book was very general (i.e.-- of the 'I think the Normans invaded in 1066' type...), but I feel pretty grounded in the topic, after reading Barber's text...I'm ready to tackle Old English!

Another caveat-- Barber is British, and bases all his pronunciations on British 'Received Pronunciation' rules, which may challenge American readers--like myself--trying to puzzle out his pronunctions...and a cursory knowledge of Latin and perhaps Greek or German can really help in understanding the 'pre-historical' aspects of his argument.

A last note: an earlier reviewer has claimed that this book 'makes clear the relationship between Dutch and English.' I think he's misunderstood Barber's analysis, as Barber clearly states that English is most closely related to Anglo-Frisian, which is a branch of the West-Germanic group, but distinct from the Dutch/Old Franconian branch. The languages are hereditary, but not linear (according to Barber). This could be a niggling point, but may prejudice potential reader's to Barber.

Overall, a great (but technical) read, and thrilling to a determined student of English-language development.
Interesting and well presented. About half way through they stopped holding terms, so it was difficult to gauge what was important and what was a fun fact.
As textbooks go, this one isn't bad. It's not something I'd buy for my own personal reading, but it's very informative and useful for the class I'm taking.
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This book is excellent for reference when studying and for personal education if you're interested in learning about the history of the English Language. Sounds boring, but did you know that Farsi is considered a Germanic language like French and Norwegian?? Also teaches the finer points of language, how words are pronounced and how different dialects develop. Broken down into easy-to-comprehend chapters, each deals with a certain part of the history of language and breaks it down into groups based on geography. From 1 being the easiest and 10 being the worst, reading level is about a 4 yet so much information compacted into a small book creates a dryness level of 8.
Good book, well the pages are a bit glossy. Lots of interesting facts. Came in good condition, and is a good size.