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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: Word
Subtitle: A Cross-linguistic Typology
Edited By: R. M. W. Dixon
Chia-jung Pan
Description:

In some languages words tend to be rather short but in others they may be
dauntingly long. In this book, a distinguished international group of
scholars discuss the concept "word" and its applicability in a range of
typologically diverse languages. An introductory chapter sets the
parameters of variation for "word". The nine chapters that follow then
study the character of "word" in individual languages, including
Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West
African, Balkan and Caucasian languages, and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language.
These languages exhibit a huge range of phonological and grammatical
characteristics, the close study of which enables the contributors to
refine our understanding of what can constitute a "word". An epilogue
explores the status and cross-linguistic properties of "word". The book
will be an invaluable resource for scholars of linguistic typology and of
morphology and phonology.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Typology
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052104605X
ISBN-13: 9780521046053
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99
U.S. $ 52.00