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Speculative Reminiscences: Weekly Recap for 2/2/2014
What I blogged about and passed along in social media in the week ending 2/2/2014.
You Should Read This: A Biography of the English Language by C.M. Millward
In A Biography of the English Language, Millward presents some of the complicated history of the English language, first talking about what a language is, along with basics of phonology and writing before moving into Indo-European, Old English (the sage of the arrival of the English, the Christianization of England, and various Viking invasions), Middle English, Early Modern English, and then the array of recent forces shaping our language: the printing press, the industrial revolution, colonization, the codification of grammar, and more.