LINGUIST List 10.232

Sun Feb 14 1999

Books: Historical Ling

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Historical Linguistics: An Introduction, Lyle Campbell

Message 1: Historical Linguistics: An Introduction, Lyle Campbell

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 16:49:01 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Historical Linguistics: An Introduction, Lyle Campbell

Historical Linguistics
An Introduction

Lyle Campbell

Historical linguistics is the study of how and why language
changes--both the methods of investigating language change and the
theories designed to explain these changes. This accessible
introductory text takes a hands-on, how-to approach, rather than just
talking about the subject as many texts do. The book contains examples
both from familiar European languages, to make the topics accessible,
and from a variety of non-European languages, to illustrate the depth
and range of the concepts. The book also covers a number of topics
neglected by most texts, including syntactic change, methods for
investigating distant genetic relationship, linguistic prehistory, and

Lyle Campbell is Professor of Linguistics at the University of
Canterbury, New Zealand.

6 x 9, 424 pp., paper ISBN 0-262-53159-3

MIT Press
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Cambridge, MA 02142-1493
Phone: (617) 253-2079 

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