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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: Modern Chinese History and Sociolinguistics
Written By: Ping Chen
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521641977
Description:

The Chinese language, spoken by over one billion people, has undergone
drastic changes over the past century. This book presents a comprehensive
and up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late
nineteenth century up to the 1990s. It describes and analyses in detail,
from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the establishment and
promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese and Modern Written Chinese, and the
reform of the Chinese script, and reveals the interaction of linguistic,
historical and social factors in the recent development of the language.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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