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An excellent introduction to historical linguistics
on 28 September 2003
I cannot praise this book enough. It is remarkably readable, concise, accurate and informative. Laid out in a very accessible format, it charts the principal theories of the evolution of language in its spoken and written forms. Fischer's sections on the development of modern alphabets and the historical study of language in different cultures are particularly fascinating. This book will provide a wealth of invaluable information for student linguists, and a fascinating introduction to the discipline for any interested reader. The work counts no less than Chomsky among its many admirers.