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A Biography of the English Language

A Biography of the English Language
Author: C.M. Millward - Mary Hayes
ISBN 13: 9780495906414
ISBN 10: 495906417
Edition: 3
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 496
List Price: $252.95

The third edition of A BIOGRAPHY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to examine the structure of language. The textbook discusses three important issues: languages and language change are systematic; the inner history of a language is profoundly affected by its outer history of political and culural events; and the English of the past has everywhere left its traces on present-day English. By uncovering the language's past, one can better communicate with it.