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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: Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization
Written By: Bernd Heine
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521550378
Description:

Bernd Heine argues that the structure of grammatical categories is
predictable to a large extent once we know the range of possible cognitive
structures from which they are derived. The author uses as his example the
structure of predicative possession, and shows how most of the possessive
constructions to be found in the world's languages can be traced back to a
small set of basic conceptual patterns. Using grammaticalization theory
Heine describes how each affects the word order and morphosyntax of the
resulting possessive construction.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Syntax
Cognitive Science
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