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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: The Prefunctional Stage of First Language Acquisition
Written By: Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli
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This book accounts for the early stages of first language acquisition within the Principles and Parameters framework. The main arguments concern the nature of early grammars in relation to the constraints that Universal Grammar imposes on them and in relation to the lack of parameterisation which, in turn, is based on the absence of the categories responsible for crosslinguistic variation, namely the set of functional categories. The argument regarding the absence of parameterisation gives rise to important predictions insofar as similarities across languages at the early stage of development are concerned. Accordingly, the theory is tested against acquisition data from a number of languages: English, French , Greek, German, Spanish, and Irish.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Garland Publishers
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
French
German
Irish
Greek, Modern
Spanish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0815325614
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 266
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