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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: Understanding English as a Lingua Franca
Written By: Barbara Seidlhofer
URL: http://elt.oup.com/catalogue/items/global/linguistics/oxford_applied_linguistics/978019437500
Description:

The spread of English as the international lingua franca (ELF), like other
aspects of globalization, calls for a reconsideration of conventional ways of
thinking. This book argues that ELF needs to be understood as an entirely
natural use of language in its own right and not as an erroneous version of
native speaker English, and demonstrates how the ‘nonconformist’ formal
features of ELF are functionally motivated by the dynamics of communicative
interaction.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780194375009
Prices: U.K. £ 29.00