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Title: Variation and Reconstruction
Edited By: Thomas D. Cravens
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20268
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 268
Description:

The relation of language variation to reconstructed languages and to the
methodology of reconstruction has long been neglected. The articles in the
present volume consider this relationship from a number of different
angles, with a number of different focuses. Several of the papers discuss
evidence from Germanic, either Proto-Germanic (Joseph, Schwink), or
daughter languages such as Dutch (Goss & Howell), Afrikaans (Roberge),
Newcastle English (Milroy), and a Wisconsin German dialect (Geiger &
Salmons). Other papers look at Italian (Cravens), Spanish
(Harris-Northall), and the non-Indo-European languages or families Aramaic
(Miller), and Proto-Hmong-Mien (Ratliff), and the Southeast Asian languages
Phan Rang Cham and Tsat (Thurgood). In doing so they bring together a
number of interconnected issues which are of current concern in comparative
and historical linguistics.

Table of contents

Variation and reconstruction
Mary K. Niepokuj 1
Microvariability in time and space: Reconstructing the past from the present
Thomas D. Cravens 16
Reconstructing variation at shallow time depths: The historical phonetics
of 19th century German dialects in the U.S.
Steven R. Geiger and Joseph C. Salmons 37
Social and structural factors in the development of Dutch urban dialects in
the Early Modern period
Emily L. Goss and Robert B. Howell 59
Reduction of variation in the standardization of Castilian Spanish around 1500
Ray Harris-Northall 91
On projecting variation back into a proto-language, with particular
attention to Germanic evidence and some thoughts on “drift”
Brian D. Joseph 103
Variation of direct speech complementizers in Achaemenid Aramaic documents
from Fifth Century B.C.E. Egypt
Cynthia L. Miller 119
Language change and the speaker: On the discourse of Historical Linguistics
James Milroy 147
Prefix variation and reconstruction
Martha Ratliff 165
On reconstructing a linguistic continuum in Cape Dutch (1710 1840)
Paul T. Roberge 179
The reconstruction of variability in Proto-Germanic gender
Frederick W. Schwink 203
Variation as a reflection of contact: Notes from Southeast Asia
Graham Thurgood 215
Index 223

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902724782X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 223
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