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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: Words in Dictionaries and History
Subtitle: Essays in honour of R.W. McConchie
Edited By: Olga Timofeeva
Tanja Säily
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TLRP%2014
Series Title: Terminology and Lexicography Research and Practice 14
Description:

Bringing together fifteen articles by scholars in Europe and North
America, this collection aims to represent and advance studies in
historical lexis. It highlights the significance of the understanding of
dictionary-making and language-making as important socio-cultural
phenomena. With its general focus on England and English, the book
investigates the reception and development of historical and modern
English vocabulary and culture in different periods, social and
professional strata, geographical varieties of English, and other
national cultures. The volume is based on individual
(meta)lexicographical, etymological, lexicosemantic and corpus
studies, representing two large areas of research: the first part
focuses on the history of dictionaries, analysing them in diachrony
from the first professional dictionaries of the Baroque period via
Enlightenment and Romanticism to exploring the possibilities of the
new online lexicographical publications; and the second part looks at
the interfaces between etymology, semantic development and word-
formation on the one hand, and changes in society and culture on the
other.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN-13: 9789027286901
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