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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: Why We Talk
Subtitle: The Evolutionary Origins of Language
Written By: Jean-Louis Dessalles
Translated By: James Grieve
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199276233
Series Title: Studies in the Evolution of Language
Description:

Constant exchange of information is integral to our societies. Jean-Louis
Dessalles explores how this came into being. He develops a view of language
as an instrument for conversation rather than mental representation and
thought. Presenting language evolution as a natural history of
conversation, the author sheds light on the emergence of communication in
the hominine congregations, as well as on the human nature.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199276234
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 400
Prices: U.K. £ 35.00