The Germanic Languages by Wayne HarbertThe Germanic Languages by Wayne Harbert

The Germanic Languages

byWayne Harbert

Paperback | January 15, 2007

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Germanic - one of the largest sub-groups of the Indo-European language family - comprises 37 languages with an estimated 470 million speakers worldwide. This book presents a comparative linguistic survey of the full range of Germanic languages, both ancient and modern, including major world languages such as English and German (West Germanic), the Scandinavian (North Germanic) languages, and the extinct East Germanic languages. Unlike previous studies, it does not take a chronological or a language-by-language approach, organized instead around linguistic constructions and subsystems. Considering dialects alongside standard varieties, it provides a detailed account of topics such as case, word formation, sound systems, vowel length, syllable structure, the noun phrase, the verb phrase, the expression of tense and mood, and the syntax of the clause. Authoritative and comprehensive, this much-needed survey will be welcomed by scholars and students of the Germanic languages, as well as linguists across the many branches of the field.
Title:The Germanic LanguagesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:522 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.18 inPublished:January 15, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521015111

ISBN - 13:9780521015110

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The Germanic lexicon; 3. The sound systems of Germanic: inventories, alternations and structures; 4. The Germanic nominal system: paradigmatic and syntagmatic variation; 5. The verbal systems of Germanic: paradigmatic and syntagmatic comparison; 6. The syntax of the clause.

Editorial Reviews

"The organization of natural language data provided makes this book an easily accessible resource for language learners and instructors. This work should receive a high volume of readership and will be frequently consulted, as it is a thorough treatment of the structure of Germanic languages past and present." --Michael T. Putnam, Carson-Newman College