By Donald Ringe

This booklet describes the earliest reconstructable phases of the prehistory of English. It outlines the grammar of Proto-Indo-European, considers the adjustments wherein one dialect of that prehistoric language built into Proto-Germanic, and offers a close account of the grammar of Proto-Germanic. the point of interest in the course of the ebook is on linguistic constitution. during his exposition Professor Ringe attracts on an extended culture of labor on many languages, together with Hittite, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Slavic, Gothic, and outdated Norse. Written to be intelligible to these with a history in sleek linguistic idea, the 1st quantity in Don Ringe's A Linguistic heritage of English could be of principal curiosity to all students and scholars of comparative Indo-European and Germanic linguistics, the heritage of English, and ancient linguists.

The subsequent quantity within the heritage will contemplate the improvement of Proto-Germanic into previous English. next volumes will describe the attested background of English from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present.

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