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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: Early Modern English Dialogues
Subtitle: Spoken Interaction as Writing
Written By: Jonathan Culpeper
Merja Kytö
Description:

Language is largely comprised of face-to-face spoken interaction; however,
the method, description and theory of traditional historical accounts of
English have been largely based on scholarly and literary writings. Using
the Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760, Culpeper and Kytö offer a unique
account of the linguistic features in several speech-related written
genres, comprising trial proceedings, witness depositions, plays, fiction
and didactic works. The volume is the first to provide innovative analyses
of several neglected written genres, demonstrating how they might be
researched, and highlighting the theories which are needed to underpin this
research. Through this, the authors are able to create a fascinating
insight into what spoken interaction in Early Modern English might have
been like, providing an alternative perspective to that often presented in
traditional historical accounts of English.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521835410
ISBN-13: 9780521835411
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U.K. £ 65.00