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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: I mightn't have had to have been writing this
Author: Michael Bulley
Institution: United Arab Emirates University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Teaching a foreign language can sometimes be like doing linguistics the wrong way round. Grammatical study should be based on sentences that have been produced and understood in actual contexts. We should expect to find some imprecise, changeable conventions, but not any rules. It can be difficult, though, to teach a language with that outlook. A learner will be dispirited if you suggest just taking language as it comes and learning from experience. Learners want rules, as they seem to offer security and a starting-point. Of course, once a teacher has been foolish enough to give a rule, any awkwardly enterprising student can easily find justifiable exceptions to it though, of course, they will not really be exceptions to anything.

CUP AT LINGUIST

This article appears IN English Today Vol. 21, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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