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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: A Semantic Approach to English Grammar
Written By: R. M. W. Dixon
URL: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-924740-4
Series Title: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics
Description:

This book shows how grammar helps people communicate and looks at the ways
grammar and meaning interrelate. The author starts from the notion that a
speaker codes a meaning into grammatical forms which the listener is then
able to recover: each word, he shows, has its own meaning and each bit of
grammar its own function, their combinations creating and limiting the
possibilities for different words. He uncovers a rationale for the varying
grammatical properties of different words and in the process explains many
facts about English - such as why we can say I wish to go, I wish that he
would go, and I want to go but not I want that he would go.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199283079
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 512
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199247404
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 512
Prices: U.K. £ 24.95