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Why do languages change?

Author: R L Trask; Robert McColl Millar
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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"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  Read more...
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Trask, R.L. (Robert Lawrence), 1944-
Why do languages change?
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2010292914
(OCoLC)499490199
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R L Trask; Robert McColl Millar
ISBN: 9780511770029 0511770022 9780521838023 0521838029 9780521546935 0521546931 9780511841194 0511841191
OCLC Number: 650586894
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 198 pages) : illustrations
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.
Responsibility: R.L. Trask ; revised by Robert McColl Millar.
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Packed with fascinating examples, this entertaining book explores changes in the English language over time.  Read more...

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'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, Read more...

 
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