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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: System and Corpus
Subtitle: Exploring Connections
Edited By: Geoffrey Thompson
Susan Hunston
Series Title: Functional Linguistics
Description:

This book is the first to combine interests in two currently popular
approaches to language description, both of which are based on the
observation of naturally-occurring, as opposed to invented, language.
Systemic Functional Linguistics is a theory that focuses on meaning, choice
and probability in language and on language as a social phenomenon.

Corpus Linguistics is a practice, rather than a theory: a corpus is a large
collection of texts that are used as the basis for language description. It
is natural that SFL should turn to corpora as a source of information about
grammatical preference, probability and variety, and some of the papers in
this collection explore this dimension of the interaction between system
and corpus.

Conversely, corpus linguists have made generalisations about language that
contextualize but also challenge the theories of SFL. Some of the papers in
the collection expand on this theme. A concluding paper by M.A.K. Halliday
responds to the issues raised. The book will therefore be of interest to
students and researchers involved in either of these two influential topics
in linguistics.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1904768199
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 50.00
U.S. $ 80.00