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Bringing the advances of theoretical linguistics to the study of language change in a systematic way, this innovative textbook demonstrates the mutual relevance of historical linguistics and contemporary linguistics. Numerous case studies throughout the book show both that theoretical linguistics can be used to solve problems where traditional approaches to historical linguistics have failed to produce satisfying results, and that the results of historical research can have an impact on theory. The book first explains the nature of human language and the sources of language change in broad terms. It then focuses on different types of language change from contemporary viewpoints, before exploring comparative reconstruction - the most spectacular success of traditional historical linguistics -and the problems inherent in trying to devise new methods for linguistic comparison. Positioned at the cutting edge of the field, the book argues that this approach can and should lead to the re-integration of historical linguistics as one of the core areas in the study of language.Read more
- An innovative textbook which demonstrates the mutual relevance of historical linguistics and contemporary linguistics
- Numerous case studies show that students can apply contemporary methods to solve problems where traditional approaches to historical linguistics have failed to produce satisfying results
- This approach can and should lead to the re-integration of historical linguistics as one of the core areas in the study of language
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"...The authors present the successes of traditional historical linguistics together with the developments brought about by general linguistics.... The book is clearly written and well organized, and there is a wealth of data-not all of it well known to linguists-that should excite the curiosity of even a casual academic reader.... Recommended..."
--L. Lopez, University of Illinois at Chicago, CHOICE
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- Date Published: March 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521583329
- length: 325 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 178 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.79kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The nature of human language and language variation
2. Language replication and language change
3. Language change in the speech community
4. Language contact as a source of change
5. Sound change
6. The evolution of phonological rules
8. Morphological change
9. Syntactic change
11. Beyond comparative reconstruction: subgrouping and 'long-distance' relationships
Appendix: recovering the pronunciation of dead languages: types of evidence.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Historical and Comparative Linguistics
- History Through Language
- Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics
- Language Change
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