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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 Development of Standard English
Edited By: Laura Wright
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521771145
Description:

This book traces the development of Standard English, revealing a complex
and intriguing history that challenges the usual textbook accounts. Leading
scholars offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the
origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual
Standard English features. Ranging from Middle English to the Modern
English period, the volume concludes that Standard English had no one
single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of
authoritative writing from many text types.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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