Frequency Effects And Language Change


Term Paper, 2022

13 Pages, Grade: 1,0

James Manderton (Author)


Abstract or Introduction

Concise overview over different mechanisms in the sphere of Language change.

English is looking back onto a long and rich history of development. Being part of the Indo-European language family, the origins of the language could be argued to date back as much as 6000 years. However, most scholars seem to agree that the ‘true’, traceable genesis of English starts somewhere around the time of the Anglo-Saxon migration to the British Isles in in the fifth century CE. Thus, English can be understood as part of the Germanic language family tree. Today, only a relatively small part of the lexicon of English still reflects this beginning, as, over the course of many centuries, the language underwent a multitude of internally, externally and extra-linguistically motivated changes. Some followed major historical events such as the Norman Conquest in 1066 and the subsequently existing French influences or the Middle Ages and renaissance, which brought with them a great emphasis on Latin. While these mainly influenced the lexicon of English through loanwords, other developments, such as Sound Shifts (most notably the First Sound Shift, which is described by Grimm’s Law that illustrates the differences between Germanic and other Indo-European languages), or the transition from Old English as an inflectional language to Middle English becoming an isolating or analytic language, had lasting influences on every major linguistic field of English.

Details

Title
Frequency Effects And Language Change
College
University of Hannover  (Englisches Seminar)
Course
Historical Linguistics
Grade
1,0
Author
Year
2022
Pages
13
Catalog Number
V1443233
ISBN (eBook)
9783964876843
ISBN (Book)
9783964876850
Language
English
Keywords
Linguistics, Paradigm, Language , Change, Language change, Conversion, Erosion, Bybee, Development, Language development, Frequency, Frequency effects, Token, Type, Token frequency, Type frequency
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James Manderton (Author), 2022, Frequency Effects And Language Change, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1443233

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