Cambridge Young Learners English Practice Tests Plus Movers by Rosemary Aravanis

By Rosemary Aravanis

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Bopp it was who, in 1816, had published a grammar comparing verbs in Indo-European languages37 and who, between 1833 and 1854 produced a larger work, the first full comprehensive grammar of Indo-European languages, comparing the grammars of the Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Lithuanian and Germanic languages. 39 By the third edition in 1868, Bopp had extended his scope to include Slavic, Celtic and Albanian. The famous Swiss linguist, Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913), also published on Indo-European (in 1879).

Now, of this last group, it was further discovered that about 12 per cent had, in answer to another census question, reported that only English was in use in their childhood home! The remaining quarter (of the 15 per cent above) said that they themselves did not speak the non-English language used at home. Almost half had said on the other question that only English had existed at home. If one cares to work back through this rather confusing affair, one will realize that about one-quarter of the original 15 per cent who said yes, a language other than English was used at home, also said (in response to the other query) that only English was spoken!

It is ironic that this tribe should have been the one to prompt the generic term ‘Red Indian’; when John Cabot first encountered them he observed, and in due course reported, their custom of rubbing themselves with red ochre. Finally here, it is appropriate to present some approximate figures concerning major languages and their speakers. 4 largely speak for themselves, but I would draw attention to two important points: the first is that, collectively, the Indo-European varieties can claim some 3,800 million speakers; the second is that English is by far the most numerically dominant force, both within and without the Indo-European family (once we go beyond the ranks of mother-tongue speakers only).

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