I would like to apply that information too, actually. There is a two-part
course through mail-order which I think uses that book. I plan to take the
course next year, as this year I plan to focus on my writing. I did find
some linguistic books I want to try to read, and there's a book by Patricia
Occonor called Origins of the specious, Myths and Misconceptions of the
English language. I figure in conlang creation, you should at least have
agrasp on the history of your Native language in order to create your
conlang's history. The other books I found are A Course in Phonetics, Bad
Language, and Linguistics for Non-Linguists, A Primer.

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Subject: OT: Williams' Origins of the English Language

Not quite conlang related, but you folks tend to know what you're talking
about when it comes to language!

I've just started a class on the history of the English language and the
text is Joseph Williams' Origins of the English Language. It's a bit old (my
copy's from 1975), and I imagine theories about the history of English must
have changed at least a little in the last thirty years. I was curious if
anyone here is familiar with the book and could comment on whether it's a
good text, has some failings, or is a good text with some failings--and what
sort of failings I should watch out for in it. I was particularly interested
in taking this class because I have such a poor understanding of how
languages evolve over time (and I'd like to apply these sorts of changes to
my conlang; looks like this is a little conlang-related after all!), but I'd
rather avoid filling up my head with misinformation.