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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: Über die Verschiedenheit des menschlichen Sprachbaues und ihren Einflu§ auf die geistige Entwickelung des Menschengeschlechts
Written By: Wilhelm von Humboldt
Description:

Wilhelm von Humboldt’s classic study of human language was first published
posthumously in 1836 and influenced generations of scholars of language
including Boas, Sapir and Chomsky. In the later twentieth century,
Humboldt’s pioneering philosophical and linguistic works began once again
to attract scholarly attention in their own right, and in the context of
Humboldt’s lively communication with other leading scholars of his day.
This book, now reissued, summarises the author’s theoretical views of
language, its universal structures and its relation to mind, education and
culture. It ranges far beyond the Indo-European languages and explores the
ways in which the grammatical structures of languages make them more or
less suitable as instruments of thought and cultural development. Humboldt
also addresses the relationship between written and spoken language. To
this day, this landmark publication remains one of the most significant
attempts to draw philosophical conclusions from comparative linguistics.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1108006469
ISBN-13: 9781108006460
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