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The First 500 Years

  • Jan Svartvik
  • Geoffrey Leech


We cannot understand what a language is until we know its history. More than for most subjects, history is the key to language, because the very fabric of a language — its vocabulary, grammar, orthography and pronunciation — is a living record of its past.


British Isle Latin Alphabet Germanic Dialect European Mainland Daily Bread 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Svartvik
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Leech
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityUK

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