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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: Nineteenth-Century English
Subtitle: Stability and Change
Edited By: Merja Kytö
Mats Rydén
Erik Smitterberg
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521861069
Description:

The study of the recent history of English is crucial in making connections
between early and present day English. This volume focuses on the
nineteenth century, an important period of both stability and change for
the English language. Through ten detailed case studies, it highlights the
relationships between English, its users, and nineteenth-century society,
looking particularly at gender differences and variation across genres. It
also discusses major structural aspects of nineteenth-century English, such
as nouns, verbs and adjectives, and Germanic vs. Romance vocabulary.
Although the nineteenth century is often viewed as a relatively stable
period in the development of the language, this volume shows the 1800s to
be a time of significant change, some of which continued into the twentieth
century. By making comparisons possible with both earlier and later
periods, it makes an important contribution to our overall understanding of
the history of the English language.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521861063
ISBN-13: 9780521861069
Pages: 316
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