By Don Ringe, Ann Taylor
This booklet, the second one quantity in A Linguistic historical past of English, describes the advance of previous English from Proto-Germanic. Like quantity I, it really is an inner historical past of the constitution of English that mixes conventional old linguistics, glossy syntactic idea, the examine of languages in touch, and the variationist method of language change.
The first a part of the e-book considers the advance of Northwest and West Germanic, and the northern dialects of the latter, with specific connection with phonological and morphological phenomena. Later chapters current a close account of alterations within the previous English sound process, inflectional method, and syntax. The publication goals to make the findings of conventional ancient linguistics obtainable to students and scholars in different subdisciplines, and likewise to undertake methods from modern theoretical linguistics in any such approach that they're obtainable to quite a lot of ancient linguists.