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Why Do Languages Change?

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  • 8 b/w illus. 11 tables
  • Page extent: 210 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.35 kg

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521546935)

Why Do Languages Change?
Cambridge University Press
9780521838023 - Why Do Languages Change? - By R. L. Trask and Robert McColl Millar
Table of Contents

Contents

List of figures and tables
viii
A few words before we start
ix
Acknowledgements
xi
1     How do languages change?
1
2     Why are languages always changing?
19
3     Where do words come from?
39
4     Skunk-Leek – my kind of town: what’s in a name?
64
5     Where does English come from?
84
6     Why is American English different from British English?
106
7     Why is English spelling so eccentric?
130
8     Which is the oldest language?
154
Some final thoughts
185
Further reading
187
Index
190



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