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

By David Crystal

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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: Phasing and Recoverability
Written By: Daniel Silverman
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This phonological study investigates the articulatory timing ("phasing") relationships that render acoustic cues optimally recoverable by the listener, and the strong tendency for languages to allow sub-optimal timing patterns only if they allow optimal ones. The primary area of focus is the Otomanguean language group of Oaxaca, Mexico and neighboring states, which possesses "laryngeally complex" vowels, a typologically unusual pattern in which tone and non-modal phonatory settings (breathiness, creakiness)cross-classify. The laryngeally complex vowels of Jalapa Mazatec, Comaltepec, Chinantec, and Copala Trique are studied in depth. Also explored are the phasing relations between obstruents and laryngeals, and sonorants and laryngeals, including phonological analyses from such diverse groups as Mon-Khmer, Tibeto-Burman, and Nilotic, among others. Throughout the investigation, findings from a number of relevant disciplines aerodynamics, acoustics, audition are applied to the sound patterns in an effort not only to describe them in phonetic detail, but also to explain their phonological and typological behavior.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Garland Publishers
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Language Family(ies): Oto-Manguean/Otomanguean
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0815328761
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 256pp
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