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Why Do Languages Change?

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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 ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 24th 2009)
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Mohannad Abusarah
Sep 16, 2015 Mohannad Abusarah rated it it was amazing
great linguistic book for everyone, it gives you information and philosophy of languages that will widen your horizons
Israa Laidi
May 17, 2016 Israa Laidi rated it really liked it
This book was the first to introduce me to the huge world of "language" and its philosophy. It doesn't afford you answers as much as it affords you questions ! Reading it again with an insightful eye brought me some thoughts that I missed at the 1st read...
What a remarkable tool our language is !
Christopher
Jan 18, 2012 Christopher rated it liked it
Larry Trask was a widely respected linguist, an expert on Basque and on the way languages change over time. WHY DO LANGUAGES CHANGE is an introduction to language and history meant for a wide audience with no prior training in linguistics. It was left unfinished when Trask died in 2004, but it was revised by Robert McColl Millar and published six years later.

HOW DO LANGUAGES change is divided into seven chapters based on common questions: 1) How do languages change? 2) Why are languages always
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Mike
Mar 19, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
Though this book is published with an 'academic' look by Cambridge, it would have better put out as a general book, available for the general market, because it's a thoroughly entertaining book on language which doesn't pretend to be trying to do anything very academic - even though the author plainly knows his stuff.
If you're looking for something academically-written, this isn't it, but it's a great read all the same, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Trask answers the question in his title in a v
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Robert Lawrence "Larry" Trask was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex in England. He was an authority on the Basque language: his book The History of Basque (1997) is an essential reference on diachronic Basque linguistics and probably the best introduction to Basque linguistics as a whole. He was also an authority on historical linguistics, and had written about the problem of ...more
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