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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 English Language
Subtitle: A Linguistic History
Written By: Laurel J. Brinton
Leslie K Arnovick
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780195422054
Description:

- Does not assume any background knowledge in language or linguistics
- Thoroughly linguistically based
- Focuses on processes of language change that provides explanations and
contextualizes the detailed changes
- Provides great than usual attention to syntax
- Gives a fuller treatment of Indo-European and Germanic
- Incorporates new theories, such as "grammaticalization"
- Offers a balanced focus on formal and cultural aspects of language history
- Most of the examples presented are taken from literary sources,
especially Chaucer and Shakespeare for Middle and Early Modern English,
respectively
- Integrates self-testing exercises throughout the book
- Provides recommended web links (external history, pronunciation guides,
grammar reviews, supplemental exercises, sample manuscripts and texts,
maps, etc.) at the end of each chapter

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195422058
ISBN-13: 9780195422054
Pages: 542
Prices: U.K. £ 45.99