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Linguistic HW 6 Zhe Chen Ling 1, Discussion 1Q 1. Studies have shown there are some obvious connections among languages. By finding patterns like these, different languages can be grouped together as members of a language family. The only way you can do that is by finding systematic similarities between these languages in every area of their grammar, similarities in their sounds, similarities in their inflections, similarities in the syntax of the language, and so forth. And the similarities have to be very precise, and they have to be interlocking for the assertion that these languages form a family, to be believable. Using this comparative method, linguists have been able to establish the connections among a group of languages which stretch from Iceland to India. This group of about 100 languages is called the Indo-European family of languages. As an ancient language gets passed on from generation to generation, the population shifts. People move away, mix with others or divide
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Unformatted text preview: into different groups. Changes in the language accumulate, such as pronunciation and spelling. And linguists try to use core lexical items to reconstruct language and trace the root of it because there are similar patterns. There is a controversy among linguists as to whether a primordial language once existed. Some language has changed too much for anyone to ascertain the original tongue. They argue that theories about languages before 10,000 years ago are pure speculation. No one can tell the first language if most of them have changed. 2. A. Changes (1) The [ ] become [æ]. ɑ (2) The [ ] at the end was lost. ɑ B. Changes (1) The [sk] become [ ]. ʃ C. Changes (1) The [u:] become [ w]. ɑ D. Changes (1) The [а:] become [o]. E. Changes (1) The [æ:] become [i] Zhe Chen Ling 1, Discussion 1Q (2) The [ãn] was lost. F. Changes (1) The [e:] become [i]....
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