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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: The Social Stratification of English in New York City
Written By: William Labov
Description:

One of the first accounts of social variation in language, this
groundbreaking study founded the discipline of sociolinguistics, providing
the model on which thousands of studies have been based. In this second
edition, Labov looks back on forty years of sociolinguistic research,
bringing the reader up to date on its methods, findings and achievements.
In over thirty pages of new material, he explores the unforeseen
implications of his earlier work, addresses the political issues involved,
and evaluates the success of newer approaches to sociolinguistic
investigation. In doing so, he reveals the outstanding accomplishments of
sociolinguistics since his original study, which laid the foundations for
studying language variation, introduced the crucial concept of the
linguistic variable, and showed how variation across age groups is an
indicator of language change. Bringing Labov's pioneering study into the
21st century, this classic volume will remain the benchmark in the field
for years to come.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521528054
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 498
Prices: U.S. $ 39.99
U.K. £ 21.99