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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: Lenition and Contrast
Subtitle: The Functional Consequences of Certain Phonetically Conditioned Sound Changes
Written By: Naomi Gurevich
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Description:

This book analyzes 153 languages from a large variety of families to establish a previously unexplored relationship between phonetically conditioned sound changes such as lenitions and functional (meaning 'maintenance related') considerations. Carefully collecting numerous inventories of consonants, this collection is likely to become an important resource for future linguistics research. By distinguishing between phonetic and phonological neutralization, and showing that the first does not necessarily result in the second, Naomi Gurevich uncovers previously unexplored and often surprising trends in the relationship between phonetics and phonology.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Phonology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415970997
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 90.00