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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: Linguistic Universals
Edited By: Ricardo Mairal
Juana Gil
Description:

The discovery of 'linguistic universals' - the properties that all
languages have in common - is a fundamental goal of linguistic research.
Linguists face the task of accounting for why languages, which apparently
differ so greatly from one another on the surface, display striking
similarities in their underlying structure. This volume brings together a
team of leading experts to show how different linguistic theories have
approached this challenge. Drawing on work from both formal and functional
perspectives, it provides a comprehensive overview of the most notable work
on linguistic universals - with chapters on syntax, semantics, phonology,
morphology and typology - and explores a range of central issues, such as
the relationship between linguistic universals and the language faculty,
and what linguistic universals can tell us about our biological make-up and
cognitive abilities. Clear, succinct, and up-to-date, it will be invaluable
to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the phenomenon that is human
language.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521545528
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 228
Prices: U.S. $ 32.99
U.K. £ 17.99