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Journal Title: Journal of Historical Linguistics
Volume/Issue:   2/2
Date: 2013
Table of Contents: 2012. iii, 153 pp.

Table of Contents

Articles

Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of German verbs
Ryan Carroll, Ragnar Svare and Joseph C. Salmons 153 – 172

The phonology of rhythm from Classical to Modern Portuguese
Sónia Frota, Charlotte Galves, Marina Vigário, Verónica Gonzalez-Lopez and Bernadete Abaurre 173 – 207

Birth, Death and Resurrection of Connectives in today’s online Piedmontese
Emanuele Miola 208 – 238

On calculating the reliability of the comparative method at long and medium distances: Afroasiatic comparative lexica as a test case
Robert R. Ratcliffe 239 – 281

Reviews

Cyclical Change by Elly van Gelderen (ed.)
Reviewed by George Walkden 283 – 292

Convergence and Divergence in Language Contact Situations by Kurt Braunmüller & Juliane House, (eds.)
Reviewed by William B. Bangs and Natalie Operstein 293 – 297

The Role of Semantic, Pragmatic and Discourse Factors in the Development of Case by Jóhanna Barðdal and Shobhana L. Chelliah (eds.)
Reviewed by John Van Way 298 – 300

Creoles and Typology by Parth Bhatt & Tonjes Veenstra (eds.)
Reviewed by Natalie Operstein and Allyson Walker 301 – 305
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
 
LL Issue: 24.1201