194 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
Is English changing? To what degree is it changing? Is this change good or bad? In answering these questions, Is English Changing? provides a lively and concise introduction to language change, refuting commonly held misconceptions about language evolution as we understand it. Showing that English, like all living languages, has historically changed and continues to change, this book:
Aimed at undergraduate students with little or no prior knowledge of linguistics, this book is essential reading for those studying this topic for the first time.
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Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Speech sounds
Chapter 3 – Word structure
Chapter 4 – Sentence structure
Chapter 5 – Word meaning
Chapter 6 – Context
Chapter 7 – Society and culture
Chapter 8 – Rules, usage, and style
Chapter 9 – Conclusion
Societies, associations, and university projects