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Books: Sociolinguistics: Hickey

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  1. jreid, Motives for Language Change: Hickey

Message 1: Motives for Language Change: Hickey

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 16:08:29 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: Motives for Language Change: Hickey

Title: Motives for Language Change
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press		 
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Editor: Raymond Hickey, Essen University, Essen, Germany 

Hardback: ISBN: 0521793033, Pages: 298, Price: $60.00


This volume considers the processes involved in language change and
the issues of how they can be modelled and studied. The way languages
change offers an insight into the nature of language itself, its
internal organization, and how it is acquired and used. Accordingly,
the phenomenon of language change has been approached from a variety
of perspectives by linguists of many different orientations. This book
brings together leading figures from different areas of linguistics to
re-examine some of the central issues in this field.


Raymond Hickey, Peter Matthews, Frederick J. Newmeyer, Jean Aitchison,
David Denison, Richard Hogg, April McMahon, David Lightfoot, Elizabeth
Traugott James Milroy, Markku Filppula, Malcolm Ross, Gregory
K. Iverson, Joseph C. Salmons, Bernard Comrie.


PART I. The Phenomenon of Language Change: 1. On Change in
'E-language'; 2. Formal and Functional Motivation for Language Change;

PART II. Linguistic Models and Language Change: 3. Metaphors, Models
and Language Change; 4. Log(ist)ic and Simplistic S-curves; 5. Regular
Suppletion; 6. On Not Explaining Language Change: Optimality Theory
and the Great Vowel Shift;

PART III. Grammaticalization: 7. Grammaticalization: Cause or Effect?;
8. From Subjectification to Intersubjectification;

PART IV. The Social Context for Language Change: 9. On the Role of the
Speaker in Language Change;

PART V. Contact-Based Explanations: 10. The Quest for the Most
'Parsimonious' Explanations: Endogeny vs. Contact Revisited;
11. Diagnosing Prehistoric Language Contact; 12. The Ingenerate
Motivation of Sound Change; 13. How Do Dialects Get the Features They
Have? On the Process of New Dialect Formation;

PART VI. The Typological Perspective: 14. Reconstruction, Typology,
and Reality; 15. Reanalysis and Typological Change.

Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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