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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: Language and Society
Written By: William Downes
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521450462
Series Title: Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics
Description:

This textbook is an accessible introduction to the social aspects of
language and their various explanations. covering domains of language use,
language change, code-switching, speech as social action, and the nature of
understanding. This thoroughly revised edition includes an up to date
analysis of language standardisation, language conflict and planning. From
the reviews of the first edition:"Downes's Language and Society is the
clearest and most reliable introduction to the field of sociolinguistics
available today." (William Labov)

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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