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LINGUIST List 23.5002

Fri Nov 30 2012

Books: The Oxford Handbook of the History of English: Nevalainen, Traugott (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Zach Borenstein <zach.borensteinoup.com>
Subject: The Oxford Handbook of the History of English: Nevalainen, Traugott (Eds)
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Title: The Oxford Handbook of the History of English
Series Title: Oxford Handbooks

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Editor: Terttu Nevalainen
Editor: Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Hardback: ISBN: 9780199922765 Pages: 984 Price: U.S. $ 175


The availability of large electronic corpora has caused major shifts in
linguistic research, including the ability to analyze much more data than ever
before, and to perform micro-analyses of linguistic structures across
languages. This has historical linguists to rethink many standard assumptions
about language history, and methods and approaches that are relevant to the
study of it. The field is now interested in, and attracts, specialists whose
fields range from statistical modeling to acoustic phonetics. These changes
have even transformed linguists' perceptions of the very processes of language
change, particularly in English, the most studied language in historical
linguistics due to the size of available data and its status as a global

The Oxford Handbook of the History of English takes stock of recent advances
in the study of the history of English, broadening and deepening the
understanding of the field. It seeks to suggest ways to rethink the
relationship of English's past with its present, and make transparent the
variety of conditions and processes that have been instrumental in shaping
that history. Setting a new standard of cross-theoretical collaboration, it
covers the field in an innovative way, providing diachronic accounts of major
influences such as language contact, and typological processes that have
shaped English and its varieties, as well as highlighting recent and ongoing
developments of Englishes--celebrating the vitality of language change over
the centuries and the many contexts and processes through which language
change occurs.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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