By Albert C. Baugh
A heritage 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 finished evaluation of different facets of its heritage. This best-selling vintage textbook has been revised and up-to-date and encourages the reader to increase either an knowing of present-day English and an enlightened angle towards the problems affecting the language at the present time. New good points of the 6th variation contain: 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 an international language an in-depth remedy of phonological alterations, corresponding to the location of the nice Vowel Shift as a bridge among center English and Renaissance English additional assurance 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 heritage of the English language
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Classical Latin was a literary language with an elaborate and somewhat artificial grammar. The spoken language of the masses, Vulgar Latin (from Latin vulgus, the common people), differed from it not only in being simpler in inflection and syntax but also to a certain extent divergent in vocabulary. In Classical Latin the word for horse was equus, but the colloquial word was caballus. , are derived. In like manner where one wrote pugna (fight), urbs (city), os (mouth), the popular, spoken word was battualia (Fr.
Oxford, 1936), pp. 444–58. , London, 1972), chaps. 1, 2, and 9. The Indo-European family of languages 31 27. Twentieth-century Discoveries. Besides the nine branches described above, discoveries in the twentieth century added two new groups to the family: Hittite and Tocharian. Until recently the Hittites have been known to us chiefly from references in the Old Testament. Abraham bought the burial place for Sarah from a Hittite (Gen. 23), and Bathsheba, whom David coveted, was the wife of Uriah the Hittite (2 Sam.
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. 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.