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Historical Linguistics and Language Change
     

Historical Linguistics and Language Change

by Roger Lass
 

ISBN-10: 0521459249

ISBN-13: 9780521459242

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Language change happens in the spatio-temporal world. Historical linguistics is the craft linguists exercise upon its results, in order to tell coherent stories about it. In a series of linked essays Roger Lass offers a critical survey of the foundations of the art of historical linguistics, and its interaction with its subject matter, language change, taking as

Overview

Language change happens in the spatio-temporal world. Historical linguistics is the craft linguists exercise upon its results, in order to tell coherent stories about it. In a series of linked essays Roger Lass offers a critical survey of the foundations of the art of historical linguistics, and its interaction with its subject matter, language change, taking as his background some of the major philosophical issues that arise from these considerations. The paradoxical conclusion is that our historiographical methods are often better than the data they have to work with.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521459242
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #81
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
423
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; General prologue; 1. The past, the present and the historian; 2. Written records: evidence and argument; 3. Relatedness, ancestry and comparison; 4. Convergence and contact; 5. The nature of reconstruction; 6. Time and change: the shape(s) of history; 7. Explanation and ontology; References; Index.

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