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 evaluation of different points of its historical past. This best-selling vintage textbook has been revised and up-to-date and encourages the reader to increase either an knowing of present-day English and an enlightened perspective towards the problems affecting the language this present day. New positive aspects of the 6th variation contain: an extra bankruptcy titled 'English within the Twenty-first Century', which examines the way forward for English and different international languages and contains an review of chinese language as an international language an in-depth therapy of phonological alterations, corresponding to the location of the nice Vowel Shift as a bridge among heart English and Renaissance English extra insurance of corpus linguistics, particularly for Renaissance English clean sections on accessory and sign in 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 heritage of the English language
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For this reason its position among the languages of the Indo-European family was slow to be recognized. It was formerly classed with the Hellenic group, but since the beginning of the present century it has been recognized as an independent member of the family. 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.
See Garland Cannon, The Life and Mind of Oriental Jones: Sir William Jones, the Father of Modern Linguistics (Cambridge, UK, 1990), pp. 241–70. The Indo-European family of languages 19 16. Grimm’s Law. A further important step was taken when in 1822 a German philologist, Jacob Grimm, following up a suggestion of a Danish contemporary, Rasmus Rask, formulated an explanation that systematically accounted for the correspondences between certain consonants in the Germanic languages and those found for example in Sanskrit, Greek, and Latin.
The centum group includes the Hellenic, Italic, Germanic, and Celtic branches. To the satem group belong Indian, Iranian, Armenian, Balto-Slavic, and Albanian. A line running roughly from Scandinavia to Greece separates the two and suggests a line of cleavage from which dispersion eastward and westward might have taken place. Although this division has been cited as supporting a homeland in central Europe—in the general area of the present Baltic states—linguists have been unable to find additional characteristics that would have been associated with such a fundamental split.
A History of the English Language by Albert C. Baugh