A History of the German Language through Texts examines the evolution of
German, from the Early Medieval period to the present day.
Written in a lively and accessible style, the book looks a the history of
German through a wide range of texts, from medical, legal and scientific
writing to literature, everyday newspapers and adverts. All texts are
translated and accompanied by commentaries. The book also offers a glossary
of technical terms and abbreviations, a summary of the main changes in each
historical period, a guide to reference material, and suggestions for
A History of the German Language through Texts is essential reading for
students of German, Linguistics or Philology.