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V. Runes: An Introduction. Gelb, I. J. A Study of Writing. Harris, Roy. The Origin of Writing. Page, R. I. An Introduction to English Runes. Ullman, Berthold Louis. Ancient Writing and Its Influence. C H A P T E R 4 Language Families and Indo-European There was no light nonsense about Miss Blimber She was dry and sandy with working in the graves of deceased languages. None of your live languages for Miss Blimber. They must be dead —stone dead—and then Miss Blimber dug them up like a Ghoul. —Charles Dickens Anyone who has even the slightest brush with a language other than English cannot fail to notice at least a few similarities between English and that language.

N o n e of the affixes changes the stem or is affected by the stem to which it is attached. Words such as the, for, to, by, and no are characteristic of isolating languages, as is the relatively rigid word order of English phrases, clauses, and sentences. Development of Historical Linguistics in Europe Although we tend to take the existence of different languages for granted today, linguistic diversity is not necessarily an intuitive idea, and when prehistoric tribes first encountered other tribes who did not speak intelligibly (to them), they must have been astounded.

I. An Introduction to English Runes. Ullman, Berthold Louis. Ancient Writing and Its Influence. C H A P T E R 4 Language Families and Indo-European There was no light nonsense about Miss Blimber She was dry and sandy with working in the graves of deceased languages. None of your live languages for Miss Blimber. They must be dead —stone dead—and then Miss Blimber dug them up like a Ghoul. —Charles Dickens Anyone who has even the slightest brush with a language other than English cannot fail to notice at least a few similarities between English and that language.

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