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LINGUIST List 16.3561

Thu Dec 15 2005

Books: Historical Linguistics: McMahon, McMahon

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        1.    Lowri Jones, Language Classification by Numbers: McMahon, McMahon


Message 1: Language Classification by Numbers: McMahon, McMahon
Date: 13-Dec-2005
From: Lowri Jones <lowri.jonesoup.com>
Subject: Language Classification by Numbers: McMahon, McMahon


Title: Language Classification by Numbers
Published: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-927902-0

Author: April McMahon, University of Edinburgh
Author: Robert McMahon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Hardback: ISBN: 0199279012 Pages: 283 Price: U.K. £ 57.50
Paperback: ISBN: 0199279020 Pages: 283 Price: U.K. £ 22.50
Abstract:

This book considers how languages have traditionally been divided into
families, and asks how they should classified in the future. It describes
and applies computer programs from biology and evolutionary genetics to
data about languages and shows how the power of the computer can be
harnessed to throw light on long-standing problems in historical
linguistics. It tests current theories and hypotheses, shows how new ideas
can be formulated, and offers a series of demonstrations that the new
techniques applied to old data can produce convincing results that are
sometimes startlingly at odds with accepted wisdom. April and Robert
McMahon combine the expertise and perspectives of an historical linguist
and a geneticist. They analyse the links between linguistic and population
genetics, and consider how far language can be used to discover and
understand the histories and interrelations of human populations. They
explore the origins and formation of the Indo-European languages and
examine less well studied languages in South America. Their book will be of
great practical importance to students and researchers in historical and
comparative linguistics and will interest all those concerned with the
classification and diffusion of languages in fields such as archaeology,
genetics, and anthropology. Its approachable style will appeal to general
readers seeking to know more about the relationship between linguistic and
human history.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=17560


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