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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: Lessons from Documented Endangered Languages
Edited By: K. David Harrison
David S. Rood
Arienne M. Dwyer
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2078
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 78
Description:

This volume represents part of an unprecedented and still growing effort to
advance, coordinate and disseminate the scientific documentation of
endangered languages. As the pace of language extinction increases,
linguists and native communities are accelerating their efforts to speak,
remember, record, analyze and archive as much as possible of our common
human heritage that is linguistic diversity. The window of opportunity for
documentation is narrower than the actual lifetime of a language, and is
now rapidly closing for many languages represented in this volume. The
authors of these papers unveil newly collected data from previously poorly
known and endangered languages. They organize highly complex linguistic
facts­ - paradigms, affixes, vowel patterns­ - while pointing out the
theoretically challenging aspects of these. Beyond this, they reflect on
the social and human dimensions, discussing particular problems of
nostalgia and modernity, memory and forgetting, and obsolescence and
ethics, while viewing language as not merely data on a page but as a living
creation in the minds and mouths of its speakers.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229902
ISBN-13: 9789027229908
Prices: Europe EURO 115.00
U.S. $ 173.00
 
Format: Electronic
ISBN:
ISBN-13: 9789027290205
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U.S. $ 173.00