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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

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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: A Short History of Structural Linguistics
Written By: Peter H. Matthews
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521623677
Description:

This book is a concise historical survey of structural linguistics, charting its development from the 1870s to the present day. Peter Matthews examines the beginnings of structuralism and analyzes the vital role played in it by the study of sound systems and the problems of how systems change. He discusses theories of the overall structure of a language, the "Chomskyan revolution" in the 1950s, and the structuralist theories of meaning. The book includes exposition, in particular, of the contributions of Saussure, Bloomfield and Chomsky.
"Matthews's survey has a clarity and conciseness that is rare in works on liguistics, and it is carefully argued and well organized... Bound to become the standard resource on the subject." CHOICE Nov 2001

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
History of Linguistics
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Pages: 174
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ISBN: 0521625688
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Pages: 174
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