The Routledge Handbook of Historical
Linguistics provides a survey of the field
covering the methods which underpin current
work; models of language change; and the
importance of historical linguistics for other
subfields of linguistics and other disciplines.
Each of the thirty-two chapters is written by a
specialist in the field and provides: a
introduction to the subject; an analysis of the
relationship between the diachronic and
synchronic study of the topic; an overview of
the main current and critical trends; and
examples from primary data. The Routledge
Handbook of Historical Linguistics is essential
reading for researchers and postgraduate
students working in this area.