By C. M. Millward, Mary Hayes
The 3rd variation of A BIOGRAPHY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE keeps to ascertain the constitution of English, from its Indo-European pre-history, throughout the invasions that formed previous and heart English, via its audio system' wide awake efforts to police it within the Early glossy interval, via its present-day variations take place in city slang and text-messaging. The textbook explores 3 very important matters: how languages and language swap are systematic; how the interior background of a language is profoundly plagued by its outer historical past of political and culural occasions; and the way the English of the earlier has in all places left its lines on present-day English. by means of uncovering the language's prior, possible greater use it to speak in addition to speculate approximately its destiny use in ever-changing globalized media.
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Changes in phonology, on the other hand, operate much more slowly than isolated changes in lexicon. For any given speaker, a change in a pattern (rule) may be instantaneous, but for the total community of speakers it sometimes takes centuries for completion. The loss of aspiration in such words as which, whip, and white began perhaps as long as a thousand years ago and is still not complete for all dialects. In sum, for all natural languages, change is both inevitable and constant; only dead languages (languages with no native speakers) do not change.
For example, PDE dish and discus are both from Latin, but the pronunciation of the final sound in dish shows that it is a very early loanword, borrowed before a sound change in which sk came to be pronounced like sh; discus, borrowed much later, was not affected by this change. Dialectal differences in contemporary English also provide some information about earlier stages of the language. Remoter, more rural dialects often preserve older morphological forms and vocabulary items lost in the standard dialect.
But the relatively uncommon verb thrive, once conjugated as thrive: throve: thriven, is well on its way to becoming a weak (regular) verb. Still another explanation frequently offered for language change is that children learn their native language imperfectly from their elders. Imperfect learning is surely one factor, but it cannot explain all change. For permanent linguistic change to occur, all children of a given speech community would have to make exactly the same mistakes. This intuitively seems unlikely.
A Biography of the English Language - 3e by C. M. Millward, Mary Hayes