R.L. Trask


Born
in New York State, The United States
November 10, 1944

Died
March 27, 2004

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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 the origin of language. He also published two introductory books to linguistics: Language: The basics (1995) and Introducing Linguistics (coauthored with Bill Mayblin) (2000), and several dictionaries on different topics of this science: A dictionary of grammatical terms in linguistics (1993), A dictionary of phonetics and phonology (1996), A student ...more

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Introducing Linguistics

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The Penguin Guide to Punctu...

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Language: The Basics

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Historical Linguistics

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The Penguin Dictionary of E...

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Mind the Gaffe!: A Troubles...

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Why Do Languages Change?

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A Dictionary of Phonetics a...

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Language and Linguistics: T...

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Language Change

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More books by R.L. Trask…
“Sex is a matter of biology, while gender is a matter of grammar, and there is no earthly reason why sex should be involved in gender distinctions.”
R.L. Trask, Language: The Basics

“dissociate, disassociate Both are possible, but dissociate is more usual, and is recommended.”
R.L. Trask, Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English

“it is impossible to use that if the relative clause is non-restrictive – that is, if it does not serve to identify the thing under discussion, but only serves to provide more information about that thing. So, you must write the Suez Canal, which was opened in 1869, and you cannot write *the Suez Canal, that was opened in 1869.”
R.L. Trask, Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English