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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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Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft - ZAS
 
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The Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS) is a university-independent research centre located in the federal state of Berlin. Its objective is the investigation of natural language and its manifestation in individual languages. Universals are properties that are common to all languages; these can be said to be due to similarities in the biological and cognitive make-up of humans, as well as to the similar role that language plays within all human communities. Typology is the documentation and classification of systematic differences which indicate that the pressure to optimise - to which all languages are subject - in order to satisfy the demands imposed by biological, cognitive and communicative factors can lead to different solutions in different languages.