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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: Mudança genolexical: teoria e realidade [Genolexical change: Theory and reality]
Author: Graça Rio-Torto
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Institution: Universidade de Coimbra
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics
Abstract: Theories and typologies of change need to be supported and validated by historical evidence which can establish the changes that effectively occurred. /L/Sequentialist theories of change encounter difficulties in accommodating the vast number of factors that determine the changes suffered by the value of linguistic units. An analysis of the semantic changes suffered by -eir- reveals the need for a theoretical framework which does not dichotomize lexicalization and grammaticalization, but which takes into account factors such as subjectivization and pragmatization, which after all coexist with the other ones.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Publication Info: Revista da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (Actas do Colóquio sobre "Mudança e variação nas línguas românicas" (Universidade do Porto, FLUP, 13-15 Dezembro 2007)).


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