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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 Morphology of English Dialects
Subtitle: Verb Formation in Non-standard English
Written By: Lieselotte Anderwald
Description:

Where do dialects differ from Standard English, and why are they so
remarkably resilient? This new study argues that commonly used verbs that
deviate from Standard English for the most part have a long pedigree.
Analyzing the language use of over 120 dialect speakers, Lieselotte
Anderwald demonstrates that not only are speakers justified historically in
using these verbs, systematically these non-standard forms actually make
more sense. By constituting a simpler system, they are generally more
economical than their Standard English counterparts. Drawing on data
collected from the Freiburg English Dialect Corpus (FRED), this innovative
and engaging study comes directly from the forefront of this field, and
will be of great interest to students and researchers of English language
and linguistics, morphology and syntax.

Studies in English Language

2009/240 pp./24 maps 3 tables

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521884977
ISBN-13: 9780521884976
Prices: U.S. $ 115.00
U.K. £ 60.00