1st Edition

The World of Words (Routledge Revivals)
An Introduction to Language in General and to English and American in Particular

ISBN 9781138904446
Published February 12, 2017 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1939, this book provides a brief but comprehensive view of language in general, and of English and American language in particular. It is suitable for beginners and those who wish to learn about the basics of linguistics.

Table of Contents

Preface;  Part 1  1. Families of Languages  2. The English Language  3. The American Language  Part 2  4. How Words Begin  5. Why Words Get New Meanings and Why Languages Change  6. Why Some Words Live, Some Die: Fashions in Words  Part 3  7. English: Good; Bad; and Worse  Part 4  8. What Grammar is-and Why  Part 5  9. The Fun of Word History;  Appendix: Phonetic Symbols;  Index

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