History of Languages An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0199604290
ISBN-13: 9780199604296
Edition: 2011
Authors: Tore Janson
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List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

List of maps
List of figures and tables
Preface
Before history
Unwritten languages
When did languages come into being?
Forty thousand or two million years?
What was the reason?
Languages of gatherers and hunters
Were languages then just like languages now?
Vocabulary and society
How many Khoisan languages are there?
'What language do you speak?' 'Don't know.'
The many languages of Australia
What is a language?
How many languages existed twelve thousand years ago?
The large language groups
Societal and linguistic changes
Germanic, Slavic, Romance
Indo-European languages
Bantu languages
What is a Bantu language like?
Other language groups
How language groups were formed
Further reading, review questions, etc.
The basis of history
History and writing
Hieroglyphs and Egyptian
River valleys and states
The state, the language, and the script
Hieroglyphs
Chinese�the oldest survivor
Writing in another way
Culture and states
The large state
Unity and splits
Devouring other languages
Neighbours
Writing and society
Further reading, review questions, etc.
Language expansions
Greek�conquest and culture
Language and alphabet
Language as creation
Are languages equal?
Alphabet and dialect
From city states to empire
The New Greek
Learning from the Greeks
Latin�conquest and order
Empire and language
Language shift and language extinction
Latin as an international language
The influence of Latin
Arabic�conquest and religion
Invasion and languages
Arabic as a language of high culture
Decline, splits, and dialects
One language or many?
Further reading, review questions, etc.
Languages and nations
Did Dante write in Italian?
How languages become languages
Latin and French
Oc, oil, and si
Written language and language name
From Germanic to Modern English
How English came to Britain
Germani, Angles, Saxons
The language of the Angles and Saxons
Runes in Britain
The Roman script and English
The first centuries of English literature
Bede, Latin, and English
King Alfred and West Saxon
Normans and French
The transformation of English
The new standard
Nation state and national language
The era of national languages
State, school, and languages
National languages and national poets
Language and politics
The language competition
Further reading, review questions etc.
Europe and the world
Languages of Europe and of the world
Portuguese in the West
America�a continent with three languages
Portugal and the rest of the world
English overseas
What happened?
How languages are born�or made
Slave trade, language mutilation, and language birth
Are Creoles languages?
The remarkable similarities
Creole languages and language change
Afrikaans�Germanic and African
Afrikaans�dialect or Creole language?
Norwegian�one language or two?
How spoken language becomes written language�or vice versa
How languages come into being
How languages disappear
Death of a language
The languages without a future
The realignment of dialects
What will be left?
How languages disappear
Shiyeyi and Thimbukushu
The disappearance of languages�good or bad?
Further reading, review questions, etc.
Recent past, present, future
The heyday of English
The new internationalism
French, German, Russian, English
The time of English
Images of English
Chinese and English in China
East and West
Baihua, Putonghua, and the simplified script
From antiquity to modern times in a hundred years
Language in school, language in life
English and China
Words, script, thought
The future
What next?
In two hundred years
In two thousand years
In two million years
Further reading, review questions, etc
Chronology
References
Guidelines for answers to review questions
Index

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