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LINGUIST List 18.2956

Wed Oct 10 2007

Books: Historical Linguistics: Brackney

Editor for this issue: Hannah Morales <hannahlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Origins of Slavonic: Brackney

Message 1: The Origins of Slavonic: Brackney
Date: 24-Sep-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Origins of Slavonic: Brackney
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Title: The Origins of Slavonic
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 29
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Noel C. Brackney
Hardback: ISBN: 9783895860713 Pages: 193 Price: Europe EURO 98.00

This book examines the causes of the dissolution of Common Slavonic.
Archaeologists have questioned traditional theories of the
Indo-Europeanization of Europe; consensus has been growing that the
Indo-European languages arrived in Europe earlier than previously thought,
accompanying the introduction of agriculture at the end of the Neolithic
period. This stands in contrast to the premise that Proto-Indo-European was
introduced during the Bronze Age by steppe nomads.

Acceptance of the former model requires adjustment in the chronology of the
break-up of Indo-European unity. It also necessitates the modification of
theories of language change. This issue has been addressed by the proposal
of a framework of language evolution incorporating the Utterance-Based
Theory of Selection and the Punctuated Equilibrium Model. Both stress the
role of external factors in the development of languages.

The conclusion is that there exists a concrete and dynamic relationship
between catastrophic historical events and episodes of profound change in
the structure of a language. The body of this book is composed of
historical, archaeological, and linguistic evidence, which substantiates
this claim.

Table of Contents (For the complete Table of Contents, please see

Foreword iii

Abbreviations iv

Illustrations vi

Acknowledgements viii

Chapter 1:
Introduction 1

Chapter 2:
Theoretical Parameters 6
2.1 Introductory Remarks 6
2.2 From Early Philological to Neogrammarian Theories of Language Change 8
2.3 The Neogrammarian Approach to Language Change 11
2.4 Structural and Generative Linguistics 12
2.5 The Object of Study 18
2.6 Definition of Terms 20
2.7 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language Change 23
2.8 Language Change 25
2.9 The Ontogeny of Linguistic Change 28
2.10 The Function of Linguistic Change 30
2.11 The Mechanisms and Phylogeny of Linguistic Change 30
2.12 Phonological Mechanisms 30
2.13 Morphological Mechanisms 31
2.14 Syntactic Mechanisms 33
2.15 Towards a Phylogeny of Change 34
2.16 Macromechanical and Micromechanical Linguistic Change 35
2.17 Lack of Concrete Divisions with the Hierarchy and Mechanisms of Change 36
2.18 The Actuation of Change 37
2.19 'Critical Mass' and the Punctuated Equilibrium Model 41
2.20 Linguistic Contact 47
2.21 The Role of Context in Linguistic Change 49
2.22 Summary 49

Chapter 3:
History 51
3.1 Introduction 51
3.2 Environmental Factors 56
3.3 The Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age 59
3.4 The Middle Bronze Age, the Late Bronze Age, and the Classical Period 62
3.5 The Cimmerians 67
3.6 The Scythians 68
3.7 The Greek Colonies 70
3.8 The Sarmatians 71
3.9 The Early Slavs: Some Preliminary Remarks 71
3.10 The Early Slavs: Review of Primary Sources 72
3.11 The Early Slavs: Archaeological Evidence 75
3.12 Review of Traditional Assessments of IE Expansion and Consolidation 81
3.13 The Demic Diffusion Model 85
3.14 The Pre-Proto-Indo-Europeans, Proto-Indo-Europeans, and Slavs 91
3.15 Summary 98

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Written In: English (eng )

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