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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: Variation and Change in Spanish
Written By: Ralph Penny
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521604505
Description:

This book applies recent theoretical insights to trace the development of
Castilian and Latin American Spanish from the Middle Ages onwards, through
processes of repeated dialect mixing both within the Iberian Peninsula and
in the New World. The author contends that it was this frequent mixing
which caused Castilian to evolve more rapidly than other varieties of
Hispano-Romance, and which rendered Spanish particularly subject to
levelling of its linguistic irregularities and to simplification of its
structures. These two processes continued as the language extended into and
across the Americas. These processes are viewed in the context of the
Hispano-Romance dialect continuum, which includes Galician, Portuguese and
Catalan, as well as New World varieties. The book emphasises the subtlety
and seamlessness of language variation, both geographical and social, and
the impossibility of defining strict boundaries between varieties. Its
conclusions will be relevant both to Hispanists and to historical
sociolinguists more generally.

"This book...is strongly recommended as essential background reading for
hispanists in general and as an introductory account for dialectologists
and sociolinguists."
Language in Society

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Ladino
Spanish
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521604508
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 298
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
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