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Author Trask, R. L. (Robert Lawrence), 1944-2004.
Title Why do languages change? / R.L. Trask ; revised by Robert McColl Millar.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Author Trask, R. L. (Robert Lawrence), 1944-2004.
Subject English language -- History.
Alt Name Millar, Robert McColl, 1966-
Description 1 online resource (xi, 198 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-189) and index.
Contents How do languages change? -- Why are languages always changing? -- Where do words come from? -- Skunk-Leek--my kind of town: what's in a name? -- Where does English come from? -- Why is American English different from British English? -- Why is English spelling so eccentric? -- Which is the oldest language? -- Some final thoughts.
Summary "The first recorded English name for the make-up we now call blusher was paint, in 1660. In the 1700s a new word, rouge, displaced paint, and remained in standard usage for around two centuries. Then, in 1965, an advertisement coined a new word for the product: blusher. Each generation speaks a little differently, and every language is constantly changing. It is not only words that change, every aspect of a language changes over time - pronunciation, word-meanings and grammar. Packed with fascinating examples of changes in the English language over time, this book explores the origin of words and place names, the differences between British and American English, and the apparent eccentricities of the English spelling system. Amusingly written yet deeply instructive, it will be enjoyed by anyone involved in studying the English language and its history, as well as anyone interested in how and why languages change."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780511770029 (electronic bk.)
0511770022 (electronic bk.)
9780521838023 (hbk.)
0521838029 (hbk.)
9780521546935 (pbk.)
0521546931 (pbk.)
9780511841194 (electronic bk.)
0511841191 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612652905
OCLC # 650586894
Additional Format Print version: Trask, R.L. (Robert Lawrence), 1944- Why do languages change? Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521838023 (DLC) 2010292914 (OCoLC)499490199

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