978-0-330-33048-0 / 9780330330480

Story of Language


Publisher:Pan Australia



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Beginning with man's first crude attempts at communication by sound, Dr Barber traces the development over thousands of years of organised language and its various families. From the language groups emerging through the centuries he concentrates on the Indo-European as being of particular interest and describes the growth of the English language as we know it today. From each epoch - Old English, Middle English, the times of Chaucer, of Shakespeare, and later - he introduces pleasing examples of prose and verse to illustrate his arguments. This fifth edition of an important book is made still more valuable by revisions and additions including the use of phonetic symbols from the international phonetic alphabet. - 'Brings the whole subject to life.. .introduces the reader to all the essential concepts of phonology, accidence, syntax, etymology and semantics" THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT - 'Recommended' ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING

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