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Thu Jun 10 2004

Books: Historical Linguistics: Campbell

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  1. Charlotte.Maxwell, Historical Linguistics: Campbell

Message 1: Historical Linguistics: Campbell

Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 09:28:35 -0400 (EDT)
From: Charlotte.Maxwell <>
Subject: Historical Linguistics: Campbell

Title: Historical Linguistics (Second Edition)
Subtitle: An Introduction

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Edinburgh University Press

Book URL:

Author: Lyle Campbell, Department of Linguistics, University of
	Canterbury, New Zealand

Paperback: ISBN: 0748619054, Pages: 384, Price: U.K. � 17.99


This accessible, hands-on introduction to historical linguistics - the
study of language change - does not just talk about topics. With
abundant examples and exercises, it helps students learn for
themselves how to do historical linguistics.

Distinctive to the book is its integration of the standard traditional
topics with others now considered vital to historical linguistics:
explanation of 'why' languages change; sociolinguistic aspects of
linguistic change; syntactic change and grammaticalization; distant
genetic relationships (how to show that languages are related); areal
linguistics; and linguistic prehistory. Examples come from a wide
range of languages. Those from the history of more familiar languages
such as English, French, German and Spanish make the concepts they
illustrate more accessible, while others from numerous
non-Indo-European languages help to demonstrate the depth and richness
of the concepts and methods they illustrate.

With its lucid and engaging style, expert guidance and comprehensive
coverage, Historical Linguistics: An Introduction is not only an
invaluable textbook for students coming to the subject for the first
time, but also an entertaining and engaging read for specialists in
the field.

* Practical hands-on approach including numerous student exercises
* Wide range of languages and examples
* Accessible writing style aimed at beginning students
* Comprehensive and insightful coverage of essential topics
* Established textbook author, highly well-known scholar in this field

Customers in North America please contact MIT Press.

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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