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By Wilkie, John Ritchie; Chambers, William Walker

This easy creation to the heritage of the German language seeks to supply scholars who've a few wisdom of contemporary German, yet no wisdom both of its improvement or of linguistic theories, with a brief account of the basic elements - chronological, geographical and linguistic - and their interrelation. the cloth is prepared in 3 elements. the 1st lines the historical past of the German language from its origins in Indo-European throughout the pre-documentary Germanic interval and the center a while to the current day. within the moment half the advance of the German vocabulary.

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These, it is hoped, are readable accounts which will give the student an impression of the development in its broad outlines. The third part surveys changes in sounds, forms, and syntax. These topics have been left to the end because they are the most arduous. It seemed more helpful to set out changes in sounds and forms in some detail, with examples, rather than to treat them in broad general terms. Because of this the final chapters can hardly be readable in the ordinary way; but they constitute an important aspect of the subject and will, it is hoped, be more meaningful and therefore more manageable because of the perspectives offered in earlier chapters.

In the post-classical period there developed a common literary and colloquial language, the so-called Koinē, which superseded the different dialects. In it the New Testament was written and from it modern Greek has developed. C. and which became the international language of medieval Europe. From Latin the Romance languages (Italian, Sardinian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, French, Provençal, Rhaeto-Romanic, Rumanian) are descended. Before the ultimate triumph of Rome in Italy, Oscan and Umbrian were also important.

E. the written symbol (often a simple picture) represented the thing or idea directly without reference to any words (sound-groups). Chinese writing is still of this kind. A great step forward was taken when the written symbol came to represent, not the thing, but the word for the thing. This development is first seen in Sumerian and in Ancient Egyptian writing about 3000 BC. The next step was to make the symbol represent a single syllable and finally only the initial sound of the syllable. , and from this important principle of one symbol (letter) to represent one sound the peoples of Europe and western Asia have never departed, though its practical application has often been wretchedly inadequate, as English spelling shows!

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