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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: An introduction to English Phonology
Author: Jenifer Larson-Hall
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Institution: Kyushu University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH PHONOLOGY. April McMahon. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. x + 148. $24.95 paper.


Unlike many other introductory textbooks that focus specifically on English phonology (Carr, 1999; Giegerich, 1992; Roach, 2000), McMahon's text does not begin with the mechanics of how English vowels and consonants are produced but rather focuses first on the heart of phonology: the phoneme. Although the book is slim, it adequately covers the same topics that comparable books cover, and
McMahon's strength comes from apt metaphors and clear explanations that help the reader comprehend difficult concepts.


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This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 27, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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