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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 genetics: Needs and opportunities
Author: Peggy McCardle
Institution: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Author: Judith Cooper
Institution: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Author: Lisa Freund
Institution: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics
Abstract: This paper describes the next steps for establishing detailed, useful behavioral phenotypes and for moving forward in the study of the relationships among genes, the environment, and language disorders. Key issues are recognizing the continuum of language behaviors to accurately describe disorders and the spectrum of typical development. A coordinated plan with foundational studies that address definition, measurement, design, and analytical methods is needed. Researcher capacity must be increased, and a greater focus on communication across disciplines to successfully accomplish interdisciplinary research is required. Language is not static, even in disorders; thus, we must study change over time. It is necessary to think about behavioral phenotypes in terms of developmental trajectories. Finally, data sharing and ethical and legal issues must be addressed.

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This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 26, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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