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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: Grammaticalization as Economy
Written By: Elly van Gelderen
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2071
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 71
Description:

This book provides much detail on the changes involving the grammaticalization of personal and relative pronouns, topicalized nominals, complementizers, adverbs, prepositions, modals, perception verbs, and aspectual markers. It accounts for these changes in terms of two structural economy principles. Head Preference expresses that single words, i.e. heads, are used to build structures rather than full phrases, and Late
Merge states that waiting as late as possible to merge, i.e. be added to the structure, is preferred over movement. The book also discusses grammar-external processes (e.g. prescriptivist rules) that inhibit change, and innovations that replenish the grammaticalized element. Most of the changes involve the (extended) CP and IP: as elements grammaticalize clause boundaries disappear. Cross-linguistic differences exist as to whether the
CP, IP, and VP are all present and split and this is formulated as the
Layer Principle. Changes involving the CP are typically brought about by
Head Preference, whereas those involving the IP and VP by Late Merge.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115526
ISBN-13: 9781588115522
Pages: xvi, 320 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155
 
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ISBN: 9027227950
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Pages: xvi, 320 pp.
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