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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Theory Groups and the Study of Language in North America. A Social History
Written By: Stephen O. Murray
Description:

This is a detailed social history of North American linguistic traditions and "revolutionary" challenges to them, covering the last century and a half. In particular, the book traces the relatively recent growth of generative syntax out of neo-Bloomfieldian structuralism, under the nurturing (contrary to popular myth) of powerful "gatekeepers" like LANGUAGE editor Bernard Bloch. Although focusing on groups, Murray resurrects many of the forgotten writers on language in society who were not participants in schools or theory groups. Moreover, he formulates a theory of the social basis for claims of "scientific revolution", and provides a suggestive analysis of why some approaches succeeded while others failed in the continuing and often rhetorically violent contention in linguistics. Includes a 74-page bibliography.

Publication Year: 1994
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556193645
ISBN-13: 9781556193644
Pages: 596
Prices: U.S. $ 203
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027245568
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