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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: Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity
Subtitle: Disciplinary and Regional Perspectives, Volume I: Second Edition
Written By: Joshua A Fishman
Ofelia Garcia
Description:

This volume argues that language, ethnicity, and identity are defined by
the circumstances under which they are created. The foundational chapter by
Joshua A. Fishman describes how language, ethnicity, and identity are
variable and changeable. The essays in the first part of the Handbook view
language and ethnic identity through the lenses of sociolinguistics,
psychology, anthropology, politics, and economics. These essays address
important topics such as diasporic languages, language and ethnic identity
near state borders, and the education of Indigenous peoples, language
minorities, and the Deaf. The second part of the Handbook views language
and ethnic identity through a regional perspective, embarking on a journey
through Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the
Pacific. Drawing on both historical and up-to-date accounts, these chapters
examine the relationship between constructions of language and ethnic
identity and constructions of nation-states.

Although the volume offers considerable sophistication in the treatment of
language, ethnicity and identity, it has been written for the
non-specialized reader, whether student or layperson. Written by well-known
scholars in their fields, the contributions offer a list of reference to
steer readers to crucial further readings, as well as questions for further
reflection and inquiry.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195374924
ISBN-13: 9780195374926
Pages: 576
Prices: U.S. $ 49.95