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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: Introducing Sociolinguistics
Written By: Andrea Deumert
Rajend Mesthrie
William L. Leap
Joan Swann
Description:

Sociolinguistics is one of the central branches of modern linguistics and deals with the place of language in human societies This introductory textbook expertly synthesizes the main approaches to the subject. The book covers areas such as multilingualism, code-choice, language variation, dialectology, interactional studies, gender, language contact, language and inequality, and language and power At the same time it provides an integrated perspective on these themes by examining sociological theories of human interaction. In this regard power and inequality are particularly significant The book also contains two chapters on the applications of sociolinguistics (in education and in language policy and planning), and a concluding chapter on the sociolinguistics of sign language Written collaboratively by teachers and scholars with first hand experience of sociolinguistic developments on four continents, this book provides the broadest introduction currently available to the central topics in sociolinguistics. Features * Provides a solid foundation in all aspects of sociolinguistics and explores important themes such as power and inequality and new themes such as sign language and gender on the internet. * Well illustrated with maps, diagrams, inset boxes, drawings and cartoons. * Accessibly written with the beginner in mind * Uses numerous examples from multilingual settings. * Explains basic concepts, supported by a Glossary. * Further Reading lists, a full bibliography, and a section on 'Next Steps' provide valuable guidance.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556192053
ISBN-13: 9781556192050
Pages: 528 p
Prices: U.S. $ 74
 
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ISBN: 1556192061
ISBN-13: 9781556192067
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