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Motives for Language Change

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Raymond Hickey, Peter Matthews, Frederick J. Newmeyer, Jean Aitchison, David Denison, Richard Hogg, April McMahon, David Lightfoot, Elizabeth Traugott, James Milroy, Markku Filppula, Malcolm Ross, Gregory K. Iverson, Joseph C. Salmons, Bernard Comrie
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  • This volume considers the processes involved in language change and the issues of how they can be modelled and studied. The way languages change offers an insight into the nature of language itself, its internal organization, and how it is acquired and used. Accordingly, the phenomenon of language change has been approached from a variety of perspectives by linguists of many different orientations. This book brings together leading figures from different areas of linguistics to re-examine some of the central issues in this field.

    • Leading figures from the field of historical linguistics put forward different perspectives on issues central to the study of language change
    • The book considers both the processes involved in language change itself and the issues of how they can be modelled and studied
    • The contributors are drawn from a wide geographical area and different sub-disciplines; their book is of relevance to a broad international readership
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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511031953
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Raymond Hickey
    Part I. The Phenomenon of Language Change:
    1. On change in 'E-language' Peter Matthews
    2. Formal and functional motivation for language change Frederick J. Newmeyer
    Part II. Linguistic Models and Language Change:
    3. Metaphors, models and language change Jean Aitchison
    4. Log(ist)ic and simplistic S-curves David Denison
    5. Regular suppletion Richard Hogg
    6. On not explaining language change: optimality theory and the Great Vowel Shift April McMahon
    Part III. Grammaticalization:
    7. Grammaticalization: cause or effect? David Lightfoot
    8. From subjectification to intersubjectification Elizabeth Traugott
    Part IV. The Social Context for Language Change:
    9. On the role of the speaker in language change James Milroy
    Part V. Contact-based Explanations:
    10. The quest for the most 'parsimonious' explanations: endogeny vs. contact revisited Markku Filppula
    11. Diagnosing prehistoric language contact Malcolm Ross
    12. The ingenerate motivation of sound change Gregory K. Iverson and Joseph C. Salmons
    13. How do dialects get the features they have? On the process of new dialect formation Raymond Hickey
    Part VI. The Typological Perspective:
    14. Reconstruction, typology, and reality Bernard Comrie
    15. Reanalysis and typological change Raymond Hickey.

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    Raymond Hickey, Universität-Gesamthochschule-Essen

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    Raymond Hickey, Peter Matthews, Frederick J. Newmeyer, Jean Aitchison, David Denison, Richard Hogg, April McMahon, David Lightfoot, Elizabeth Traugott, James Milroy, Markku Filppula, Malcolm Ross, Gregory K. Iverson, Joseph C. Salmons, Bernard Comrie

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