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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: Written Language and Literacy
Publisher: John Benjamins
 
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URL: http://www.benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/wll
Description: Written Language and Literacy is concerned with two major aspects of written language: (a) the structures, histories, typologies, and functions of the writing systems (scripts) used by the languages of the world; and (b) literacy, i.e. the institutionalized use of written language, from the interdisciplinary viewpoints of linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, literature, and book arts. Written Language and Literacy focusses on: Typology of scripts; historical development of scripts; descriptive analysis of scripts; decipherment of ancient scripts; formal and functional relationships between scripts and spoken languages; semiotics of written language (as contrasted with speech); pragmatics of written language; invention of scripts; adaptation of scripts to new languages; orthographic design and reform; psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of the processes of writing, reading, and literacy; calligraphic and typographic adaptations of scripts; cultural, social, psychological, and political implications of scripts; related notational systems (numerical, mathematical, musical etc.); ethnolinguistic aspects of literacy (as contrasted with orality); sociolinguistics of literacy; cognitive models of script choice and of literacy; interaction between the literate and non-literate worlds; cross-cultural and cross-linguistic studies of literacy; the roles of written, printed, and computationally processed language with respect to spoken language and human life.
ISSN: 1387-6732
Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Writing Systems
Ling & Literature

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