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It's Been Said Before

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The Handbook of Historical Linguistics
Edited By: Brian D Joseph
Richard D Janda
URL: http://
Series Title: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics

The Handbook of Historical Linguistics provides a detailed account of the numerous issues, methods, and results that characterize current work in historical linguistics, the area of linguistics concerned with language change as well as past language states.

- Provides a comprehensive and current account of the numerous issues, methods, and results that characterize historical linguistics.
- Contains an extensive introduction that places the study of historical linguistics in its proper context within linguistics and the historical sciences in general.
- Covers the methodology of historical linguistics and presents sophisticated overviews of the principles governing phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic change.
- Includes contributions from the leading specialists in the field.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0631195718
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 904
Prices: U.S. $ 139.95
U.K. £ 95.00