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A Biography of the English Language - Second Edition

(1996)
Author: C. M. Millward
Publisher: Thomson Wadsworth
Pages: 441
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Bindings:Hard Bound
Classifications:NonFiction
Synopsis:
The second edition of A Biography of the English Language continues to examine the structure of language. The textbook discusses three important issues: languages and language change are systematic; the inner history of a language is profoundly affected by its outer history of political and culural events; and the English of the past has everywhere left its traces on present-day English. By uncovering the language's past, one can better communicate with it.
Trivia:
This is the companion work to Workbook to accompany A Biography of the English Language - Second Edition.