LINGUIST List 14.634

Tue Mar 4 2003

Books: Sociolinguistics: Hickey

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  • jreid, Motives for Language Change: Hickey

    Message 1: Motives for Language Change: Hickey

    Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 16:08:29 +0000
    From: jreid <>
    Subject: Motives for Language Change: Hickey

    Title: Motives for Language Change Publication Year: 2003 Publisher: Cambridge University Press Book URL: Editor: Raymond Hickey, Essen University, Essen, Germany

    Hardback: ISBN: 0521793033, Pages: 298, Price: $60.00


    This volume considers the processes involved in language change and the issues of how they can be modelled and studied. The way languages change offers an insight into the nature of language itself, its internal organization, and how it is acquired and used. Accordingly, the phenomenon of language change has been approached from a variety of perspectives by linguists of many different orientations. This book brings together leading figures from different areas of linguistics to re-examine some of the central issues in this field.


    Raymond Hickey, Peter Matthews, Frederick J. Newmeyer, Jean Aitchison, David Denison, Richard Hogg, April McMahon, David Lightfoot, Elizabeth Traugott James Milroy, Markku Filppula, Malcolm Ross, Gregory K. Iverson, Joseph C. Salmons, Bernard Comrie.

    Contents: Introduction;

    PART I. The Phenomenon of Language Change: 1. On Change in 'E-language'; 2. Formal and Functional Motivation for Language Change;

    PART II. Linguistic Models and Language Change: 3. Metaphors, Models and Language Change; 4. Log(ist)ic and Simplistic S-curves; 5. Regular Suppletion; 6. On Not Explaining Language Change: Optimality Theory and the Great Vowel Shift;

    PART III. Grammaticalization: 7. Grammaticalization: Cause or Effect?; 8. From Subjectification to Intersubjectification;

    PART IV. The Social Context for Language Change: 9. On the Role of the Speaker in Language Change;

    PART V. Contact-Based Explanations: 10. The Quest for the Most 'Parsimonious' Explanations: Endogeny vs. Contact Revisited; 11. Diagnosing Prehistoric Language Contact; 12. The Ingenerate Motivation of Sound Change; 13. How Do Dialects Get the Features They Have? On the Process of New Dialect Formation;

    PART VI. The Typological Perspective: 14. Reconstruction, Typology, and Reality; 15. Reanalysis and Typological Change.

    Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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