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Click to edit Master subtitle style Ch. 17 Language History and Change November 17, 2010 The Study of Language, Yule, 2010
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Philology Study of language history and change. Dominated the study of language in 19th c. Creation of “family trees” to show relationships among languages. 1786 Sir William Jones made the observation that Sanskrit, ancient language of Indian law, had some relationship to Latin and Greek (p.226).
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6,912 languages in the world (Ethnologue, 2005) Chinese has the greatest number of speakers, English is the most widespread. Indo-European is one of 30 language families, though it’s the largest.
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http://www.anglophone.nl/Hoofdframebestanden/Plaatjes/Language%20Families.jpg
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f7/Human_Language_Families_Map.PNG
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Similarities between words in different languages. English: mother, father, friend German: Mutter, Vater, Freund Modern English and German must have a common ancestor - Germanic branch of Indo-European language family. Spanish:
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