Note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.
This specially commissioned volume considers the processes involved in
language change and the issues of how they can be modelled and studied. The
way languages change offers an insight into the nature of language itself,
its internal organisation, and how it is acquired and used. Accordingly,
the phenomenon of language change has been approached from a variety of
perspectives by linguists of many different orientations. This book,
originally published in 2003, brings together an international team of
leading figures from different areas of linguistics to re-examine some of
the central issues in this field and also to discuss new proposals. The
volume is arranged into sections, including grammaticalisation, the
typological perspective, the social context of language change and
contact-based explanations. It seeks to cover the subject as a whole,
bearing in mind its relevance for the general analysis of language, and
will appeal to a broad international readership.