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1.0 out of 5 stars
Loose collection of highly academic articles, 17 July 2010
If you want a basic understanding of how Old (Anglo Saxon)English mutated into present day English- don't buy this book. It consists of a series of academic papers by different authors, each going into depth on the more obscure academic fine points of their area of expertise. For example ,there are no examples of a sentance and how it would be written over the course of time( and why it had changed). There is no example of how the leap from Old English to Middle English occurred. The authors assume a very deep knowledge of linguistic syntax (I have a Ph.D. and I found this about as easy a read as Hawkins book "A Brief history of Time" - with which it will be sharing the same cardboard "carboot" box) Overall, very disappointing.