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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Principien der Sprachgeschichte
Written By: Hermann Paul

Principien der Sprachgeschichte (1880) is Hermann Paul’s best-known work.
In this book, the German literary scholar and linguist argues that although
language is a product of human culture and the study of language is
therefore best categorised as history, language can most effectively be
analysed with methods taken from the natural sciences. Paul develops a
system of principles that draws heavily on cognitive and psychological
elements in order to account for how language has developed. In 14 chapters
he sets out a detailed account of the history of language that includes
general observations on the development of language, the consequences of
sound change, semantic shift and the divergence of etymologically connected
words, and aspects of syntax. He also compares written and spoken language
varieties, and the origins of dialects and standard languages.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1108006191
ISBN-13: 9781108006194
Prices: U.K. £ 15.99
U.S. $ 23.99