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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 Linguistic History of English
Subtitle: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic
Edited By: Donald A. Ringe
Series Title: Linguistic History of English
Description:

This book describes the earliest reconstructable stages of the prehistory
of English. It outlines the grammar of Proto-Indo-European, considers the
changes by which one dialect of that prehistoric language developed into
Proto-Germanic, and provides a detailed account of the grammar of
Proto-Germanic. The focus throughout the book is on linguistic structure.
In the course of his exposition Professor Ringe draws on a long tradition
of work on many languages, Hittite, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Slavic, Gothic,
and Old Norse. Written to be intelligible to those with a backgroun in
modern linguistic theory, the first volume in Don Ringe's "A Linguistic
History of English" will be of central interest to all scholars and
students of comparative Indo-European and Germanic linguistics, the history
of English, and historical linguists.

The next volume in the History will consider the development of
Proto-Germanic into Old English. Subsequent volumes will describe the
attested history of English from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199552290
ISBN-13: 9780199552290
Pages: 368
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