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Why do languages change?

Author: Robert Lawrence Trask; Robert McColl Millar; Cambridge University Press.
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Lawrence Trask; Robert McColl Millar; Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 9780521838023 0521838029 9780521546935 0521546931
OCLC Number: 860417973
Description: XI, 198 s. : il. ; 23 cm
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?
Responsibility: R.L. Trask ; rev. by Robert McColl Millar.

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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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