An Introduction to Historical Linguistics / Edition 4

An Introduction to Historical Linguistics / Edition 4

by Terry Crowley, Claire Bowern
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195365542

ISBN-13: 9780195365542

Pub. Date: 02/18/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

All languages change, just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing. This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics—the study of language change over time. It covers all the major areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in a clear and concise way. While examples are given from a wide range of

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All languages change, just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing. This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics—the study of language change over time. It covers all the major areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in a clear and concise way. While examples are given from a wide range of languages, most major concepts and techniques are illustrated by material drawn from the languages of Australia and the Pacific. The needs of undergraduate students of linguistics have been kept firmly in mind, but the book will also be of interest to the general reader seeking to understand language and language change. This new edition has been substantially revised and rewritten. Further exercises have been added for student use, and there are new sections on language planning and language contact.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195365542
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/18/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,075,625
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, Maps, Preface, Phonetic Symbols, Language Maps
1. Introduction
2. Types of Sound Change
3. Expressing Sound Changes
4. Phonetic and Phonemic Changes
5. The Comparative Method (1): Procedures
6. Determining Relatedness
7. Internal Reconstruction
8. Computational and Statistical Methods
9. The Comparative Method (2.) History and Challenges
10. Morphological Change
11. Semantic and Lexical Change
12. Syntactic Change
13. Observing Language Change
14. Language Contact
15. Cultural Reconstruction
Data Sets
Language Index
References
Endnotes
Index

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