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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Historical Linguistics and Language Change
Written By: Roger Lass

Language change happens in the spatio-temporal world. Historical
linguistics is the craft linguists exercise upon its results, in order to
tell coherent stories about it. In a series of linked essays Roger Lass
offers a critical survey of the foundations of the art of historical
linguistics, and its interaction with its subject matter, language change,
taking as his background some of the major philosophical issues that arise
fromthese considerations. The paradoxical conclusion is that our
historiographical methods are often better than the data they have to work

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