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

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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: Social Influences on Vocal Development
Edited By: Charles T. Snowdon
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521495261
Description:

Both song and language require species-specific stimulation at a sensitive
period in development, as well as subsequent practice (subsong and plastic
song in birds and babbling in infant humans) that leads to the development
of characteristic vocalizations for each species. This book illustrates how
social interactions during development can shape vocal learning and extend
the sensitive period beyond infancy, and how social companions can induce
flexibility even into adulthood. This book shows how social companions in a
wide range of species including birds and humans as well as cetaceans and
nonhuman primates play important roles in the shaping of vocal production
as well as the comprehension and appropriate use of vocal communication.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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