A Linguistic History of English: From Proto-Indo-European to by Donald Ringe

By Donald Ringe

This ebook describes the earliest reconstructable levels of the prehistory of English. It outlines the grammar of Proto-Indo-European, considers the alterations in which one dialect of that prehistoric language built into Proto-Germanic, and gives a close account of the grammar of Proto-Germanic. the point of interest during the publication is on linguistic constitution. during his exposition Professor Ringe attracts on an extended culture of labor on many languages, together with Hittite, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Slavic, Gothic, and previous Norse. Written to be intelligible to these with a history in sleek linguistic concept, the 1st quantity in Don Ringe's A Linguistic background of English may be of crucial curiosity to all students and scholars of comparative Indo-European and Germanic linguistics, the background of English, and old linguists.

The subsequent quantity within the heritage will reflect on the advance of Proto-Germanic into previous English. next volumes will describe the attested heritage of English from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present.

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