LINGUIST List 6.859

Fri 23 Jun 1995

Books: Sociolinguistics, Historical

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Labov, William (University of Pennsylvania)
PRINCIPLES OF LINGUISTIC CHANGE: VOLUME 1: INTERNAL FACTORS
1994 6 x 9 672 pages
0-631-17914-3 paperback $29.95
0-631-17913-5 hardcover $69.95
This book develops the general principles of linguistic change that form
the foundations of historical linguistics, dialectology and
sociolinguistics. It is concerned with the factors that govern the
internal development of linguistic structures: the mechanisms of change,
the constraints on change, and the ways in which change is embedded in
the larger linguistic system.
BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS: phone: (800) 216-2522 fax: (802) 864-7626
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Chambers, J.K. (University of Toronto)
SOCIOLINGUISTIC THEORY: LINGUISTIC VARIATION AND ITS SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE
February 1995 6 x 9 256 pages
0-631-18326-4 paperback $19.95
0-631-18325-6 hardcover $52.95
Since the inception of sociolinguistics more than three decades ago, the
correlation of dependent linguistic variables with independent social
variables has provided the theoretical core of the discipline. Chambers
reviews the essential findings of Henrietta Cedegren, William Labov,
Lesley Milroy and James Milroy, David Sankoff, Gillian Sankoff, Peter
Trudgill, Walt Wolfram, and many others, and puts them into context both
with the work of the numerous linguists who have followed their lead and
with their intellectual forbears from Wilhelm von Humboldt and Louis
Gauchat to Edward Sapir.
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Clackson, James (Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK)
THE LINGUISTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARMENIAN AND GREEK
January 1995 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 276 pages
0-631-19197-6 paperback $29.95
This work examines the evidence for a special relationship between Greek
and Armenian within the Indo-European family. It contains studies of the
methods used to assess interrelationships within language families; the
comparative reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European; the interpretation of
Greek and Armenian texts; and the developments of the Greek and Armenian
languages. The work outlines the existing methods employed for assessing
the relationships between languages in the same genetic family, and sets forward
 the principles on which such investigations should
proceed. The following chapters examine specific agreements between Greek
and Armenian, and assess their significance for the relationship between
the two languages.
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