The German Language


A new history of German shows how it came to be, and how it could have been

BOOK: German: Biography of a Language. By Ruth H. Sanders. Oxford University Press; 248 pages; $29.95 and £17.99.

Review: MOST people regard grammar books and dictionaries as a codified set of rules prescribing dos and don’ts. For professional scholars of language, though, they are more like history books. Languages are constantly in flux, but it takes a rather long view to show just what a contingent and transitory thing a language can be at any point in time. Ruth Sanders, a professor of German Studies at Miami University in Ohio, takes just such a view in her new book, telling the millennia-long story of German and how it got that way.”

Read on at Economist.com

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