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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: The Twitter Machine
Written By: Neil Smith
URL: http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk/
Description:

This unique book provides an introductory overview of modern theoretical
linguistics which manages to be both accessible and humorous without
sacrificing either scholarship of insight. However profound or however
trivial the questions we raise and try answer - What exactly does one have
to know to count as a speaker of a language? What would it mean for a
language to have no vowels? Why do little children call lorries 'lollies'?
Precisely what with this sentence is wrong? - we need to recourse to a
theory even to make them coherent. In particular, the author argues that we
can find solutions to our puzzles, and explanations for these phenomena, if
we exploit on the one hand Chomsky's theory of Generative Grammar, and on
the other Sperber and Wilson's theory of Relevance.

Publication Year: 1989
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631169261
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 275
Prices: U.S. $ 24.95