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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: The Evolution of Language
Written By: W. Tecumseh Fitch
Description:

Language, more than anything else, is what makes us human. It appears that
no communication system of equivalent power exists elsewhere in the animal
kingdom. Any normal human child will learn a language based on rather
sparse data in the surrounding world, while even the brightest chimpanzee,
exposed to the same environment, will not. Why not? How, and why, did
language evolve in our species and not in others? Since Darwin's theory of
evolution, questions about the origin of language have generated a
rapidly-growing scientific literature, stretched across a number of
disciplines, much of it directed at specialist audiences. The diversity of
perspectives – from linguistics, anthropology, speech science, genetics,
neuroscience and evolutionary biology – can be bewildering. Tecumseh Fitch
cuts through this vast literature, bringing together its most important
insights to explore one of the biggest unsolved puzzles of human history.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
History of Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 052185993X
ISBN-13: 9780521859936
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00
U.K. £ 70.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052167736X
ISBN-13: 9780521677363
Prices: U.K. £ 29.99
U.S. $ 55.00