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.
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
This series reissues important selected works by Eric Partridge, covering the period from 1933 to 1968. Together, the books look at many and diverse aspects of language, focusing in particular on English. Included in the collection are a variety of insightful dictionaries and reference works that showcase some of Partridge’s best work. The books are creative, as well as practical, and will provide enjoyable reading for both scholars and the more general reader, who has an interest in language and linguistics.