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Sat Jul 17 2021

Books: Historical Linguistics, Fourth Edition: Campbell

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Date: 11-Jun-2021
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Subject: Historical Linguistics, Fourth Edition: Campbell
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Title: Historical Linguistics, Fourth Edition
Subtitle: An Introduction
Published: 2021
Publisher: MIT Press

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Author: Lyle Campbell
Paperback: ISBN: 9780262542180 Pages: 560 Price: ---- 50

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

This accessible, hands-on textbook not only introduces students to the important topics in historical linguistics but also shows them how to apply the methods described and how to think about the issues. Abundant examples from a broad range of languages and exercises allow students to focus on how to do historical linguistics. The book is distinctive for its integration of the standard topics with others now considered important to the field, including syntactic change, grammaticalization, sociolinguistic contributions to linguistic change, distant genetic relationships, areal linguistics, and linguistic prehistory.

The book also offers a defense of the family tree model, a response to recent claims on lexical diffusion/frequency, and a section on why languages diversify and spread. Example from the more familiar English, French, German, and Spanish make the topics more accessible, while those from non-Indo-European languages show the depth and range of the concepts they illustrate.This fourth edition features a larger page format and refreshed layout for a more reader-friendly experience; sixteen restructures and revised chapters and two new chapters on lexical change and semantic change and new coverage of quantitative and corpus research methods; practical exercises and a full bibliography.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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