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Published: 30 August 2018

480 Pages


ISBN: 9780198723028

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A History of German

What the Past Reveals about Today's Language

Second Edition

Joseph Salmons

  • Fully revised and updated second edition
  • Assumes no background in linguistics
  • Covers both structural changes and social influences
  • Comprehensive coverage from prehistory to the present
  • Supported by a companion website

New to this Edition:

  • Extended discussion of syntactic and pragmatic change
  • More detailed background information for beginners
  • Further coverage of sociolinguistics, language variation, and language contact
  • More on the position of German in the Germanic language family