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Language Change: Progress or Decay? / Edition 3
     

Language Change: Progress or Decay? / Edition 3

by Jean Aitchison
 

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ISBN-10: 0521795354

ISBN-13: 9780521795357

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book gives a lucid and up-to-date overview of language change, discussing where our evidence about language change comes from, how and why changes happen, and how languages begin and end. It considers both changes that occurred long ago, and those currently in progress. This substantially revised third edition includes two new chapters on change of meaning and

Overview

This book gives a lucid and up-to-date overview of language change, discussing where our evidence about language change comes from, how and why changes happen, and how languages begin and end. It considers both changes that occurred long ago, and those currently in progress. This substantially revised third edition includes two new chapters on change of meaning and grammaticalization. New sections have been added to other chapters, as well as over 150 new references. The work remains nontechnical in style and accessible to the reader with no previous knowledge of linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521795357
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Preliminaries: 1. The ever-whirling wheel: the inevitability of change; 2. Collecting up clues: piecing together the evidence; 3. Charting the changes: studying changes in progress; Part II. Transition: 4. Spreading the word: from person to person; 5. Conflicting loyalties: opposing social pressures; 6. Catching on and taking off: how sound changes spread through a language; 7. Caught in the web: how syntactic changes work through a language; 8. The wheels of language: grammaticalization; 9. Slip slidin' away: change of meaning; Part III: 10. The reason why: sociolinguistic causes of change; 11. Doing what comes naturally: inherent causes of language change; 12. Repairing the patterns: therapeutic changes; 13. The Mad Hatter's tea-party: chain reaction changes; Part IV: 14. Development and breakdown: child language and language disorders; 15. Language birth: how languages begin; 16. Language death: how languages end; 17. Progress or decay?: assessing the situation.

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