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Books: Historical Linguistics: Andersen (ed)

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  1. paul, Language Contacts in Prehistory: Andersen (ed)

Message 1: Language Contacts in Prehistory: Andersen (ed)

Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 13:36:01 +0000
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Subject: Language Contacts in Prehistory: Andersen (ed)

Title: Language Contacts in Prehistory
Subtitle: Studies in Stratigraphy: Papers from the Workshop on
	 Linguistic Stratigraphy and Prehistory at the Fifteenth
	 International Conference on Historical Linguistics,
	 Melbourne, 17 August 2001
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 239
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Editor: Henning Andersen, University of California, Los Angeles 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588113795, Pages: viii, 292 pp., Price: USD 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 902724751X, Pages: viii, 292 pp., Price: EUR 95.00

Every language includes layers of lexical and grammatical elements
that entered it at different times in the more or less distant
past. Hence, for periods preceding our earliest historical
documentation, linguistic stratigraphy--the systematic study of such
layers--may yield information about the prehistory of a given
tradition of speaking in a variety of ways. For instance, irregular
phonological reflexes may be evidence of the convergence of diverse
dialects in the formation of a language, and layers of material from
different source languages may form a record of changing cultural
contacts in the past. In this volume are discussed past problems and
current advances in the stratigraphy of Indo-European, African,
Southeast Asian, Australian, Oceanic, Japanese, and Meso-American

Contributions by: Henning Andersen; Karen Dakin; Anthony Diller;
Bridget Drinka; Christopher Ehret; B.F.Y.P. Masele; Patrick McConvell;
Bernard Mees; Derek Nurse; Hans Schmidt; Michael Smith; J. Marshall

Lingfield(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Indo-European
			Southeast Asian

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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