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Books: The Oxford Handbook of the History of English: Nevalainen, Traugott (Eds)

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Date: 29-Nov-2012
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Subject: The Oxford Handbook of the History of English: Nevalainen, Traugott (Eds)
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Title: The Oxford Handbook of the History of EnglishSeries Title: Oxford Handbooks

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Oxford University Press

Editor: Terttu NevalainenEditor: Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Hardback: ISBN: 9780199922765 Pages: 984 Price: U.S. $ 175


The availability of large electronic corpora has caused major shifts inlinguistic research, including the ability to analyze much more data than everbefore, and to perform micro-analyses of linguistic structures acrosslanguages. This has historical linguists to rethink many standard assumptionsabout language history, and methods and approaches that are relevant to thestudy of it. The field is now interested in, and attracts, specialists whosefields range from statistical modeling to acoustic phonetics. These changeshave even transformed linguists' perceptions of the very processes of languagechange, particularly in English, the most studied language in historicallinguistics due to the size of available data and its status as a globallanguage.

The Oxford Handbook of the History of English takes stock of recent advancesin the study of the history of English, broadening and deepening theunderstanding of the field. It seeks to suggest ways to rethink therelationship of English's past with its present, and make transparent thevariety of conditions and processes that have been instrumental in shapingthat history. Setting a new standard of cross-theoretical collaboration, itcovers the field in an innovative way, providing diachronic accounts of majorinfluences such as language contact, and typological processes that haveshaped English and its varieties, as well as highlighting recent and ongoingdevelopments of Englishes--celebrating the vitality of language change overthe centuries and the many contexts and processes through which languagechange occurs.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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