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The Resource Why do languages change?, R.L. Trask ; revised by Robert McColl Millar

Why do languages change?, R.L. Trask ; revised by Robert McColl Millar

Label
Why do languages change?
Title
Why do languages change?
Statement of responsibility
R.L. Trask ; revised by Robert McColl Millar
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 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."--Jacket
Cataloging source
NLE
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1944-2004
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Trask, R. L.
Dewey number
420.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1075
LC item number
.T687 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Millar, Robert McColl
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  • English language
  • Sprachwandel
  • Englisch
Label
Why do languages change?, R.L. Trask ; revised by Robert McColl Millar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-189) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How do languages change? -- Why are languages always changing? -- Where do words come from? -- Skunk-Leek--my kind of town: what's in a name? -- Where does English come from? -- Why is American English different from British English? -- Why is English spelling so eccentric? -- Which is the oldest language? -- Some final thoughts
Control code
499490199
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 198 pages
Isbn
9780521838023
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010292914
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)499490199
Label
Why do languages change?, R.L. Trask ; revised by Robert McColl Millar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-189) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How do languages change? -- Why are languages always changing? -- Where do words come from? -- Skunk-Leek--my kind of town: what's in a name? -- Where does English come from? -- Why is American English different from British English? -- Why is English spelling so eccentric? -- Which is the oldest language? -- Some final thoughts
Control code
499490199
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 198 pages
Isbn
9780521838023
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010292914
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)499490199

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