THE HISTORY OF LANGUAGES: AN INTRODUCTION

THE HISTORY OF LANGUAGES: AN INTRODUCTION

By: Janson, Tore

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. This is an introduction to the history of languages, from the distant past to a glimpse at what languages may be like in the distant future. It looks at how languages arise, change, and ultimately vanish, and what lies behind their different destinies. What happens to languages, he argues, has to do with what happens to the people who use them, and what happens to people, individually and collectively, is affected by the languages they speak. The book opens by examining what the languages are the hunter-gatherers mig ht have spoken and the changes to language that took place when agriculture made settled communities possible. It then looks at the effects of the inv ention of writing, the formation of empires, the spread of religions, and t he recent dominance of world powers, and shows how these relate to great ch anges in the use of languages. Tore Janson discusses the appearance of new languages, the reasons why some languages spread and others die, considers whether similar cyclical processes are found at different times and places, and examines the causes of internal changes in languages and dialects. The book ranges widely among the world's languages and mixes thematic chapters on general processes of change with accounts of specific languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Latin, Greek, and English.

Title: THE HISTORY OF LANGUAGES: AN INTRODUCTION

Author Name: Janson, Tore

Categories: Linguistics,

Publisher: 9780199604296: 2011

ISBN Number: 0199604290

ISBN Number 13: 9780199604296

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000041225