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Its Nature and Development

By Otto Jespersen

© 2007 – Routledge

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This book was first published in 1922.

Table of Contents

Book 1: History of Linguistic Science

1. Before 1800

2. Beginning of the nineteenth century

3. Middle of the nineteenth century

4. End of the nineteenth century

Book 2: The Child

5. Sounds

6. Words

7. Grammar

8. Some fundamental problems

9. The influence of the child on linguistic development

10. The influence of the child (continued)

Book 3: The Individual and the World

11. The foreigner

12. Pidgin and congeners

13. The woman

14. Causes of change

15. Causes of change (continued)

Book 4: Development of Language

16. Etymology

17. Progress or decay?

18. Progress

19. Origin of grammatical elements

20. Sound symbolism

21. The origin of speech

About the Series

Otto Jespersen

Collected English Writings
Otto Jespersen is one of the foremost philologists of recent times. A genius phoneticist and a revolutionary force in the teaching of languages, Jespersen's contribution to the understanding of language cannot be overrated. This set offers an unprecedented opportunity to own all of his most influential works written in English in one superb collection. It includes his much referenced 'Modern English Grammar', 'The Philosophy of Grammar', 'How to Teach a Foreign Language', as well as a tome documenting his own constructed language 'Novial Lexike.'

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General