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history of the English language by Oliver Farrar Emerson

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Published by Macmillan and co. in New York, London .
Written in English


  • English language -- History

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Statementby Oliver Farrar Emerson. ...
LC ClassificationsPE1075 .E55
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 415 p.
Number of Pages415
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6524998M
LC Control Number10029901

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English language, a West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family that is closely related to Frisian, German, and Dutch languages. It originated in England and is the dominant language of the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. It . English is an Indo-European language and belongs to the West Germanic group of the Germanic languages. Old English originated from a Germanic tribal and linguistic continuum along the Frisian North Sea coast, whose languages gradually evolved into the Anglic languages in the British Isles, and into the Frisian languages and Low German/Low Saxon on the forms: Proto-Germanic, Middle English, . Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history—from the Middle Ages to the present. Students are encouraged to develop both an understanding of present-day English and an enlightened attitude toward questions affecting the language. Jun 05,  · This is the most exciting book on grammar history that you are ever likely to read. Instead of looking at the history of individual words, McWhorter looks at at the very structure of English and Author: Charlotte Ahlin.