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Historical Linguistics

Historical Linguistics

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Part of Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

  • Date Published: October 1977
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521291880

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  • Historical Linguistics is concerned with the process of language change through time. It investigates how and why the language of individuals, a social group or a whole 'speech community' develops in respect of its pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. Dr Bynon regards language as essentially a dynamic phenomenon, whose character can be at best only partly understood by a static, and necessarily idealized, synchronic approach. In Part I she establishes the theoretical framework by providing a systematic survey of the three main models of language development - the neogrammarian, structuralist, and transformational generative. Examples drawn substantially from English and German, but also from classical languages, French, Welsh and a variety of others, are used to explain and compare these approaches. In Part II she turns to sociolinguistics and shows how changes within a language over a period of time, and changes brought about by contact between languages, are both indicators and agents of more general cultural developments. Accounts of bilingualism and of pidgin and Creole languages are included as well as wider-ranging examples of different kinds of borrowing such as loan words, loan translations and extensions of meaning. The student is provided with a practical and critical guide both to what has been done and what can be done to discover and verify these linguistic relationships. Designed primarily as a textbook for linguistics and philology students, this book will also be of interest to those studying English language, classics and modern languages.

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    • Date Published: October 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521291880
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Key to symbols used
    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. Models of Language Development:
    1. The neogrammarian model
    2. The structuralist model of language evolution
    3. The transformational-generative model of language evolution
    Part II. Language Contact:
    4. The neogrammarian postulates and dialect geography
    5. The social motivation of language change
    6. Contact between languages
    7. Language and prehistory
    Further reading
    References
    Additional bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Theodora Bynon

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