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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: Motives for Language Change
Edited By: Raymond Hickey
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Typology
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521135245
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99
U.S. $ 29.99