German: Biography of a Language

German Biography of a Language Thousands of years ago seafront clans in Denmark began speaking the earliest form of Germanic language the first of six signal events that Ruth Sanders highlights in this marvelous history of the Ger

  • Title: German: Biography of a Language
  • Author: Ruth H. Sanders
  • ISBN: 9780195388459
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thousands of years ago, seafront clans in Denmark began speaking the earliest form of Germanic language the first of six signal events that Ruth Sanders highlights in this marvelous history of the German language.Blending linguistic, anthropological, and historical research, Sanders presents a brilliant biography of the language as it evolved across the millennia She sThousands of years ago, seafront clans in Denmark began speaking the earliest form of Germanic language the first of six signal events that Ruth Sanders highlights in this marvelous history of the German language.Blending linguistic, anthropological, and historical research, Sanders presents a brilliant biography of the language as it evolved across the millennia She sheds light on the influence of such events as the bloody three day Battle of Kalkriese, which permanently halted the incursion of both the Romans and the Latin language into northern Europe, and the publication of Martin Luther s German Bible translation, a People s Bible which in effect forged from a dozen spoken dialects a single German language The narrative ranges through the turbulent Middle Ages, the spread of the printing press, the formation of the nineteenth century German Empire which united the German speaking territories north of the Alps, and Germany s twentieth century military and cultural horrors The book also covers topics such as the Gothic language now extinct , the vast expansion of Germanic tribes during the Roman era, the role of the Vikings in spreading the Norse language, the branching off of Yiddish, the lasting impact of the Thirty Years War on the German psyche, the revolution of 1848, and much .Ranging from prehistoric times to modern, post war Germany, this engaging volume offers a fascinating account of the evolution of a major European language as well as a unique look at the history of the German people It will appeal to everyone interested in German language, culture, or history.

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    1. For a general and approachable, readable introduction to the long and involved history of the German language, Ruth H. Sanders' German: Biography of a Language is both informative and enlightening, and does indeed hold true to its title and what is promises, presenting the evolution of German as a language (and to an extent, the Germanic languages as a whole, as an entity) like a kind of life story, through a series of essential, and interconnected important linguistic and historical turning poi [...]

    2. I give this book 5 stars for succeeding in what it sets out to do: Give a readable, basic overview of the development of German and Germanic languages including the political, social, and cultural factors that affected it. English speakers have much to learn here, too, since ours is a sister language, and American history has been profoundly shaped by Germans.The book is general, but I learned new things even though German language and literature is my field. There are a few points where a non-l [...]

    3. As a language buff, I loved this book. It takes you back to 6000 years BC and the clans and tribes whose early languages would ultimately become modern German. It answers many questions, such as how could languages as different as French and German have developed from the same source language? (The conquering Romans had better luck in Gaul than in Germania, so French has more Latinate influence.) Why is Finnish so different from Germanic Scandinavian languages? (It comes from a different source [...]

    4. Aus archäologischer Sicht sind die ersten Kapitel (bis zu Rom und den Germanen) wirklich spannend und eine Ergänzung zum archäologischen Wissen. Da ich keine Linguistin bin, kann ich die Wahrheit der Aussagen der Autorin nicht prüfen, fand aber das Gesamtpaket interessant und bereichernd und insgesamt einen guten Denkanstoß.Danach könnte das Buch dann aber auch aufhören, denn ab der Lutherbibel und den folgenden Kapiteln schleicht sich immer mehr das Gefühl ein, dass der Verlag die Autor [...]

    5. Despite its confusion as to intent and organization, this book offers a wonderful and consistently surprising look at the development of the German language over 3000 years.Of course in telling the history of the language much of the regular political and social history of the Germans has to be told, and Sanders spends almost as much time detailing the peregrinations of the Alemmani tribes and the progress of the Reformation as the shift in consonant sounds, but even the oft-told tales take on a [...]

    6. Germanic languages are a branch of the Indo-European family with a simplified morphology, peculiar sound shifts (the Latin pater is cognate to the English father, the Latin canis to the English hound, the Latin tertius to the English third) and a large number of words with unknown etymology, especially pertaining to seafaring (sea, ship, sail, keel) and weaponry (sword, shield, helmet). Nobody really knows, why this is the case; there are place names in Aquitaine with Basque-like etymology, whic [...]

    7. I was a bit disappointed with this book, which is billed as a "marvelous history of the German language." It seems to read more as a history of the Germanic peoples and much less as a history of the German language. While much of it is interesting, anyone who has previously read about the history of the Germanic tribes will find most of it incredibly familiar. Furthermore, the organization of the book is not exactly chronological, which feels somewhat disjointed in reading. The subsections of th [...]

    8. This book, while interesting, is trying to do too much. The author attempts to tell the history of German speaking peoples, the history of Germanic languages (which includes English, Dutch, the Scandinavian languages, and some others, alive or dead ), and discuss the varieties of the German language. Oh yeah, and explain that not all German culture is anti-Semitic. This is too much for one book. I was looking for a history of the German language, which I knew would be complex with its many varie [...]

    9. I was disappointed by this book. I am very interested in the topic, and enjoyed finding out more, but I found that the book seemed to need editing. It was repetitious. At times, the author moved from one topic to another in a very jerky manner - as if she had a list of topics and just worked through them in the order in which she had written them down. The first chapter was the most interesting, and she seemed to lose material as she went, so that by the end of the book the content seemed very t [...]

    10. I expected something like Jean-Benoît Nadeau's brilliant histories of the two major Romance languages, but felt let down in many ways. Sanders jumped from one topic to another in a haphazard way, and at times supplied too much detail on history that wasn't directly relevant to the development of the Germanic languages. Regardless, this was a brilliantly researched book and possibly the best of its size on the topic, and therefore the four stars; even if it wasn't exactly a pleasure to read.

    11. History of this and thatRather sloppy compilation that roams widely over topics more or less related to the German language. If you want to read a book that tells you about Luther’s wife and Ibn Faldun, Icelandic linguistic directives and, yes, also about the history of the German language, this is it.

    12. Since I'm very interested in history and language I found this book quite interesting. Obviously at just 220 pages and encompassing over 5000 years of history it only scratches the surface but the author doesn't pretend to do otherwise. It doesn't stand alone as an history book but the links made between the history of the Germanic peoples and the evolution of the German language is quite interesting and will probably wet your appetite for more.The writing is quite simple an unpretentious which [...]

    13. Excellent layman's history of the German language, possibly not detailed enough for my personal taste, but considering I do not speak any German at all (although after studying Dutch and Old English, can sometimes guess some words correctly), probably about as detailed as I would understand. I particularly enjoyed the side notes discussing other languages descended from the Pre-German language, including Icelandic, and the Scandinavian languages, and how English broke off from the German branch [...]

    14. I'll admit that this book was a pretty nerdy choice. However, it offered an interesting account of how wars, migrations, technological advancements, etc. influence the development of a language and, conversely, how developments in the German language contributed to the development of a unified Germany.

    15. This book is written by an academic and the first half of the book is an excellent exposition of the linguistic development of the Germanic languages. But just before the Middle Ages the book comes apart from a linguistic perspective and some of the academic research also is lacking a bit.

    16. A good read if you are living in Germany and want to learn more about the language. It also gives you a short history lesson. I did think she got a little sloppy and the end and her conclusion wasn't the greatest.

    17. Een zeer matig boek. Bij vlagen interessant, maar je leert er eigenlijk niets nieuws uit. De schrijfster behandelt te veel onderwerpen in een - dun - boek en behandelt dus niets grondig. Het is meer een geschiedenis boek, dan een geschiedenis van de taal.

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