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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 Comment Clause in English
Subtitle: Syntactic Origins and Pragmatic Development
Written By: Laurel J. Brinton
Description:

Although English comment clauses such as 'I think' and 'you know' have been
widely studied, this book constitutes the first full-length diachronic
treatment, focusing on comment clauses formed with common verbs of
perception and cognition in a variety of syntactic forms. It understands
comment clauses as causal pragmatic markers that undergo
grammaticalisation, and acquire pragmatic and politeness functions and
subjective and intersubjective meanings. To date, the prevailing view of
their syntactic development, which is extrapolated from synchronic studies,
is that they originate in matrix clauses which become syntactically
indeterminate and are reanalysed as parenthetical. In this corpus-based
study, Laurel J. Brinton shows that the historical data do not bear out
this view, and proposes a more varied and complex conception of the
development of comment clauses. Researchers and students of the English
language and historical linguistics will certainly consider Brinton’s
findings to be of great interest.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Pragmatics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521886732
ISBN-13: 9780521886734
Pages: 298
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