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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 Development of Language: Acquisition, Change And Evolution
Written By: David W Lightfoot
Series Title: Blackwell/Maryland Lectures in Language and Cognit
Description:

How and why do languages change over time? Could the way an individual child develops affect aggregate language change? What do the mechanisms of change tell us about the evolution of language in our species? To answer these questions, David Lightfoot looks closely at young children. A child develops a grammar on exposure to some triggering experience. A small perturbation in the trigger may entail a different grammar in the next population of speakers, with dramatic effects.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631210601
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
U.S. $ 37.95