By Albert C. Baugh
A background 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 entire evaluate of the various facets of its historical past. This best-selling vintage textbook has been revised and up-to-date and encourages the reader to enhance either an realizing of present-day English and an enlightened angle towards the problems affecting the language at the present time. New beneficial properties of the 6th version contain: an extra bankruptcy titled 'English within the Twenty-first Century', which examines the way forward for English and different worldwide languages and contains an evaluation of chinese language as an international language an in-depth therapy of phonological alterations, corresponding to the situation of the nice Vowel Shift as a bridge among heart English and Renaissance English extra insurance of corpus linguistics, in particular for Renaissance English clean sections on accessory and sign up a brand new survey of the hot 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 scholar learning the historical past of the English language
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13 The testimony of this word as to the original home of the Indo-European family would be persuasive if we could be sure that in the parent speech the word always designated what we know as the beech tree. ) and a common word for word for honey (Latin mel, Greek an intoxicating drink made from honey, called mead in Old English. 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.
Some of these may have been driven to Ireland by the later invaders and from there may have spread into Scotland and the Isle of Man. Their language is represented in modern times by Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx. The later Brythonic Celts, after occupying for some centuries what is now England, were in turn driven westward by Germanic invaders in the fifth century. Some of the fugitives crossed over into Brittany. The remnants of this one-time extensive group of languages are everywhere losing ground at the present day.
Nowadays the latter is more commonly known as Provençal. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries it was the language of an innovative literature, the lyrics of the troubadours, but it has since yielded to the political and social prestige of French. A patriotic effort at the close of the nineteenth century, corresponding to similar movements on behalf of Irish, Norwegian, and other submerged languages, failed to revive the language as a medium of literature, and Provençal is today merely the regional speech of southern France.
A History of the English Language by Albert C. Baugh