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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: Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction
Written By: Pieter A. M. Seuren
Description:

This book provides a vital student resource - a single-volume critical
survey of the complete history of Western theoretical linguistics (grammar
and semantics, including logic) from Plato till today. The volume
concentrates on those issues that are of central concern to present-day
theoretical linguistics, but also draws attention to episodes and issues
that have unjustifiably slid into oblivion, such as the 18th century French
grammarians or the great subject-predicate debate between 1850 and 1930. An
effort has also been made to interpret events and developments in
linguistic theory in terms of the more general cultural and economic
movements of the periods concerned. It contains many expository and
exegetic quotations, together with critiques of theoretical positions and,
sometimes, of academic behavior. The book can serve as a basic text for a
course on the history of linguistics, and as a collateral text in various
courses on the theory of grammar and semantics.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631208917
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 592
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99
U.S. $ 40.95