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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 Language Organ
Subtitle: Linguistics as Cognitive Physiology
Written By: Stephen R. Anderson
David W Lightfoot
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521809940
Description:

"A superb overview of the logic of language and its basis in the human mind."
--Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, MIT and author of The
Language Instinct and Words and Rules

This study treats human language as the manifestation of a faculty of the
mind, which is seen as a mental organ whose nature is determined by human
biology and whose functional properties should be explored as physiology
explores the functional properties of physical organs. The book surveys the
nature of the language faculty in its various aspects: the systems of
sounds, words, and syntax, the development of language in the child and
historically, what is known about its relation to the brain.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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