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Sat Jul 06 2013

Books: Historical Linguistics: Campbell

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Date: 26-Jun-2013
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Subject: Historical Linguistics: Campbell
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Title: Historical Linguistics Subtitle: An Introduction, 3rd edition Published: 2013 Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Author: Lyle Campbell Electronic: ISBN: 9780748675593 Pages: 512 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780748646012 Pages: 512 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780748645947 Pages: 512 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

This state-of-the-art, practical introduction to historical linguistics – the study of language change – does not just talk about topics. With abundant examples and exercises, it helps students learn for themselves how to do historical linguistics.

Distinctive to the book is its combination of the standard traditional topics with others now considered vital to historical linguistics: explanations of why languages change; sociolinguistic aspects of linguistic change; syntactic change and grammaticalisation; distant genetic relationships (how to show that languages are related); and linguistic prehistory. In addition, this third edition contains two new chapters on morphological change and quantitative approaches; a much expanded chapter on language contact with new sections on pidgins and creoles, mixed languages, and endangered languages; new sections on the language families and language isolates of the world; examination of specific proposals of distant genetic relationship; and a new section on writing systems.

With its clear, readable style, expert guidance and comprehensive coverage, Historical Linguistics: An Introduction is not only an invaluable textbook for students coming to the subject for the first time, but also an enlightening read for specialists in the field and non-specialists alike.

*Practical hands-on approach to the subject, including numerous student exercises
*Examples taken from a wide range of languages, including numerous non-Indo-European languages, to illustrate concepts and methods
*Engaging writing style combined with insightful coverage makes this an engrossing introduction

This book is available in North America from the MIT Press.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Written In: English (eng)

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Cambridge University Press

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Akademie Verlag GmbH

Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)


Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Cascadilla Press

Classiques Garnier

De Gruyter Mouton

Edinburgh University Press

Elsevier Ltd

Equinox Publishing Ltd

European Language Resources Association (ELRA)

Georgetown University Press

John Benjamins

Lincom GmbH

MIT Press

Multilingual Matters

Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG

Oxford University Press

Palgrave Macmillan

Peter Lang AG


Routledge (Taylor and Francis)


University of Toronto Press


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International Pragmatics Assoc.

Linguistic Association of Finland

Morgan & Claypool Publishers

Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

Seoul National University

SIL International Publications

Universitat Jaume I

University of Nebraska Press

Utrecht institute of Linguistics

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