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LINGUIST List 21.3315

Tue Aug 17 2010

Books: Sociolinguistics/Historical Linguistics: Trask

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Why Do Languages Change?: Trask

Message 1: Why Do Languages Change?: Trask
Date: 11-Aug-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Why Do Languages Change?: Trask
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Title: Why Do Languages Change?
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780511763878

Author: Larry Trask
Electronic: ISBN: 9780511763878 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 22.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521838023 Pages: 210 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521546935 Pages: 210 Price: U.K. £ 15.99
Abstract:

The first recorded English name for the make-up we now call blusher was
paint, in 1660. In the 1700s a new word, rouge, displaced paint, and remained
in standard usage for around two centuries. Then, in 1965, an advertisement
coined a new word for the product: blusher. Each generation speaks a little
differently, and every language is constantly changing. It is not only words
that change, every aspect of a language changes over time - pronunciation,
word-meanings and grammar. Packed with fascinating examples of changes
in the English language over time, this entertaining book explores the origin of
words and place names, the differences between British and American
English, and the apparent eccentricities of the English spelling system.
Amusingly written yet deeply instructive, it will be enjoyed by anyone
involved in studying the English language and its history, as well as anyone
interested in how and why languages change.

- No prior knowledge of the subject is required
- Includes examples from many languages with primary attention given to
changes in English
- Each chapter is sufficiently independent of the others to be read on its own

Contents

1. How do languages change?;
2. Why are languages always changing?;
3. Where do words come from?;
4. Skunk-Leek - my kind of town: what's in a name?;
5. Where does English come from?;
6. Why is American English different from British English?;
7. Why is English spelling so eccentric?;
8. Which is the oldest language?

Reviews

'Clear, sensible and stimulating ... a fine memorial to the late Larry Trask.
This book deserves to succeed as a splendid introductory text for anyone
interested in language change.' Jeremy J. Smith, University of Glasgow

'Trask's enthusiasm and learning are obvious ... will give its readers more
enjoyment than many other volumes on the subject ...' Times Literary
Supplement


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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