Language Analysis: The Brothers Grimm and Fairy Tales

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Every person on earth knows a language, rather it be spoken or signed. According to the Linguistic Society of America’s website, ("Linguistic Society of America," 2012) linguistics is the systematic study of language. The study of linguistics includes the study of the sub-fields of language. These subfields include; phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. The English language is a Germanic language, which is branch of the Indo-European language family. Other languages on the Germanic language branch include; German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.
The Brothers Grimm wrote their book of fairy tales by gathering stories by word of mouth for the purpose of collecting sounds. Jakob Grimm discovered the early Germanic sound shift that can be expressed in terms of natural classes of speech sounds, according to our text book (Fromkin, Rodman, & Hyams, 2014, p. 363) this is known as Grimm's law. There are two different types of grammar; prescriptive and descriptive. Prescriptive grammar is a set of rules about language based on how people think language should be used. Descriptive grammar is a set of rules based on how language is actually used and describes the way one speaks language.
There are four rules of language discussed in this class. The study of phonetics is the study of the sounds of language. The International Phonetic Alphabet was invented to transcribe the sounds of speech which was independent of any particular language and applicable to all languages ("International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)," 2014). The study of phonology is the study of the sound patterns of language. Phonology tells you what sounds are part of your language and what combinations of sounds form words. Phonology also explains why some phon...

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