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Title: Analogy and Morphological Change
Written By: David Fertig
Series Title: Edinburgh Historical Sociolinguistics

How do learners and speakers make sense of their language and make their language make sense? Is it dived or dove? Dwarfs or dwarves? If the best students aced the test, did the pretty good students beece it? You've probably often pondered such questions yourself, but did you know that similar questions have inspired some of the most important advances in our understanding not only of how languages change but also of how children acquire grammar and how the human mind works? This book is designed to help readers make sense of morphological change and, more generally, of the concept of analogy and its role in language and in human cognition. With a critical look at the past 150 years of linguistic work on analogical change, David Fertig brings clarity to a field rife with terminological and theoretical confusion. Key features - Explains traditional and modern approaches to analogical change - Illustrates the relevance of analogy to current linguistic and psycholinguistic theory - Explores the many ways that covert reanalysis can reshape grammatical systems

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780748646210
Pages: 208
Prices: U.K. £ 24.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780748646227
Pages: 208
Prices: U.K. £ 70.00