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. Emerging poet Pen name Mellissa Green Budding novelist Blog www.theworldofyemora.wordpress.com tweet me @GreenNove list -----Original Message----- From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Allison Swenson Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:23 AM To: [log in to unmask] 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.