By Albert C. Baugh
A historical past of the English Language explores the linguistic and cultural improvement of English from the Roman conquest of britain to the current day to supply a accomplished assessment of different facets of its heritage. This best-selling vintage textbook has been revised and up-to-date and encourages the reader to advance either an figuring out of present-day English and an enlightened perspective towards the problems affecting the language this day. New gains of the 6th version comprise: an extra bankruptcy titled 'English within the Twenty-first Century', which examines the way forward for English and different worldwide languages and comprises an evaluation of chinese language as a global language an in-depth therapy of phonological alterations, corresponding to the situation of the good Vowel Shift as a bridge among heart English and Renaissance English additional insurance of corpus linguistics, particularly for Renaissance English clean sections on accessory and check in a brand new survey of the new debate among "creolists" and "neo-Anglicists" at the origins of African American Vernacular English. Balanced and wide-ranging, this textbook is a must-read for any pupil learning the heritage of the English language
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Moreover the people speaking the Baltic languages must have lived for many centuries in fairly close contact with the Slavs after the two had separated from the parent Indo-European community. 25. Germanic. The common form that the languages of the Germanic branch had before they became differentiated is known as Germanic or Proto-Germanic. It antedates the earliest written records of the family and is reconstructed by philologists in the same way as is the parent Indo-European. The languages descended from it fall into three groups: East Germanic, North Germanic, and West Germanic.
At an early date it ceased to be a spoken language. Alongside of Sanskrit there existed a large number of local dialects in colloquial use, known as Prakrits. C. became the language of Buddhism. From these various colloquial dialects have descended the present languages of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, spoken by some 600 million people. The most important of these are Hindi, Urdu (the official language of Pakistan), Bengali (the official language of Bangladesh), Punjabi, and Marathi. Urdu is by origin and present structure closely related to Hindi, both languages deriving from Hindustani, the colloquial form of speech that for four centuries was widely used for intercommunication throughout northern India.
The honeybee is indigenous over almost all Europe but is not found in those parts of Asia that have ever been considered as possible locations of the Indo-European community. From evidence such as this a European home for the Indo-European family has come to be considered more probable. One other linguistic consideration that figured prominently in past discussions is worth citing because of its intrinsic interest. The branches of the Indo-European family fall into two well-defined groups according to the modification that certain consonants of the parent speech underwent in each.