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An excellent reference book.,
This review is from: The Germanic Languages (Routledge Language Family Series) (Paperback)
This book is packed! It contains extensive discussions of phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis. Each chapter is about a Germanic language - this book has loads including some really interesting ones and Creoles and pidgins. Furthermore the chapters are written by experts from all over the world.
Each chapter systematically covers the same topics so it's easy to compare with other chapters. Overall there are 18 chapters:
* Germanic languages - a general overview of the book.
* Gothic - very interesting about this ancient language. The chapter also talks about the reconstruction of Proto-Germanic - the language before the split into West, North Germanic etc.
* Old and Middle Scandinavian - All about the Nordic languages and development.
* Old And Middle Continental West Germanic - mainly about Dutch and German. It's interesting to see that the large differences (e.g. inflection differences)existed between the two languages a long time ago
* Old and Middle English - see English as it used to be.
* German - also good for those who don't quite get all the grammar.
* Yiddish - it's weird to see a language which (when written) nothing like German (due to the different alphabet, writing system etc) but is similar in a lot of ways.
* Pennsylvania German - only spoken by 200 or 300 thousand people and declining in use, but interesting.
* Afrikaans - it really is quite different from Dutch.
* Frisian - so's this language.
* Germanic Creoles - although most are based on English there are some Dutch ones.
This book is perfect for someone with a wide interest in the Germanic languages. It's also good for students of linguistics, particularly comparative historical linguistic and students of a few Germanic languages (e.g. German, English, Dutch and Swedish).
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2012 13:12:29 BDT
Pauline K. says:
Isn't Yiddish written in the Roman alphabet? It's Hebrew that has the different characters. Correct me if I am wrong.
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