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LINGUIST List 21.116

Fri Jan 08 2010

Books: Historical Ling/Socioling: Toulmin

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        1.    Julie Manley, From Linguistic to Sociolinguistic Reconstruction: Toulmin

Message 1: From Linguistic to Sociolinguistic Reconstruction: Toulmin
Date: 22-Dec-2009
From: Julie Manley <jmanleycoombs.anu.edu.au>
Subject: From Linguistic to Sociolinguistic Reconstruction: Toulmin
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Title: From Linguistic to Sociolinguistic Reconstruction
Subtitle: The Kamta historical subgroup of Indo-Aryan
Series Title: Studies in Language Change
Published: 2009
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
                http://pacling.anu.edu.au/

Book URL: http://www.pacling.com/catalogue/604.html

Author: Matthew Toulmin
Paperback: ISBN: 9780858836 Pages: 273 Price: AUS $ 95.00 Comment: In Australia add 10% GST
Abstract:

The Indo-Aryan languages and dialects constitute a dialect continuum,
characterised by variable, non-discrete boundaries between speech
communities. In order to reconstruct linguistic history it is necessary to
take stock of this sociolinguistic context and adjust the methods of
reconstruction accordingly. This study presents a theoretically robust,
sociolinguistic framework for historical reconstruction which supplements a
traditional comparative reconstruction of phonology and morphology.

The language varieties examined in this book are known by a number of names
including 'Kamta', 'Rajbanshi', or simply the 'deshi bhasha' of north
Bengal and west Assam . This study provides evidence for a protolanguage,
termed 'proto Kamta' (c. AD 13-16 th century), which was the point of
common origin for these lects, and defines them as a subgroup within
Indo-Aryan.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Rajbanshi (rjb)

Written In: English (eng )

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