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A History of English: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic

Donald Ringe


This volume traces the prehistory of English from Proto-Indo-European, its earliest reconstructable ancestor, to Proto-Germanic, the latest ancestor shared by all the Germanic languages. It begins with a grammatical sketch of Proto-Indo-European, then discusses in detail the linguistic changes — especially in phonology and morphology — that occurred in the development to Proto-Germanic. The final chapter presents a grammatical sketch of Proto-Germanic. This is the first volume of a linguistic history of English. It is written for fellow-linguists who are not specialists in historical linguisti ... More

Keywords: history of English, Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic, linguistic change, phonological change, morphological change, historical linguistics, historical phonology, historical morphology

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Ringe, editor
University of Pennsylvania
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