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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: Phonological Variation and Change
Subtitle: Studies in Hiberno-English
Written By: John Harris
Description:

This book presents an investigation of a number of areas of interest in the
study of language change, dealing in particular with questions of how
patterns of pronunciation vary across both time and space. Most of the
illustrative material is drawn from non-standard dialects of English,
especially the varieties spoken in Ireland (Hiberno-English). The
theoretical issues discussed include the following: what role do
articulatory and linguistic constraints play in determining the direction
of sound change? How do social and political pressures influence the
resolution of competition between conflicting local non-standard linguistic
norms? Besides addressing such general issues, the book also offers
insights into several specific areas in the history of English, both in its
standard and vernacular forms. It will thus be of interest to
English-language specialists as well as to historical linguists,
sociolinguists and phonologists.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521106115
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