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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: Historical Linguistics
Written By: Lyle Campbell
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu
Description:

Historical linguistics is the study of how and why language changes--both the methods of investigating language change and the theories designed to explain these changes. This accessible introductory text takes a hands-on, how-to approach, rather than just talking about the subject as many texts do. The book contains examples both from familiar European languages, to make the topics accessible, and from a variety of non-European languages, to illustrate the depth and range of the concepts. The book also covers a number of topics neglected by most texts, including syntactic change, methods for investigating distant genetic relationship, linguistic prehistory, and grammaticalization.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262531593
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 424 p
Prices: $32.95/#22.50