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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: Caractères généraux des langues germaniques
Written By: Antoine Meillet
Description:

The distinguished French linguist Antoine Meillet (1866–1936) was a pupil
of Saussure and one of the most important researchers and teachers of the
twentieth century in the field of Indo-European languages, counting among
his own pupils Benveniste, Dumézil and Martinet. In this book, first
published in 1917, Meillet shows the unique features which mark out the
Germanic languages (including English) from the rest of the Indo-European
family. Acknowledging that the earliest written examples become available
only long after ‘proto-Germanic’ had split into its various successor
languages, he nonetheless supplies evidence both for the original language
and for the developments which led to that splitting. His conclusion is
that although the Germanic languages are indisputably Indo-European, even
the most conservative (modern German) has moved a long way from its roots,
and that English - both in grammar and in vocabulary - has moved furthest
of all.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Germanic
Indo-European
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1108006663
ISBN-13: 9781108006668
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