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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: Positional Faithfulness: An Optimality Theoretic Treatment of Phonological Asymmetries
Written By: Jill N. Beckman
URL: http://www.garlandpub.com/
Description:

In many of the world's languages, segments which appear in perceptually of psycholinguistically prominent positions such as initial syllables, stressed syllables, and syllable onsets exhibit privileged phonological behavior. This privileged behavior is manifested three ways: triggering of phological processes, blocking of phonological processes, and licensing of phonological contrasts not found in other positions. This book examines these diverse segmental asymmetries, using Optimality Theory, a constraint-based approach to generative grammar, as an analytic tool. The central claim of the study is that the phonological asymmetries associated with prominence derive from high-ranking

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Garland Publishers
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 081533348X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320pp
Prices: $69