Language Change: Progress or Decay? / Edition 3by Jean Aitchison
Pub. Date: 12/28/2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
An up-to-date overview of language change considers where our evidence about language comes from and how and why changes happen, begin and end. This second edition has been substantially revised and enlarged.
Table of Contents
Part I. Preliminaries: 1. The ever-whirling wheel; 2. Collecting up clues; 3. Charting the changes; Part II. Transition: 4. Spreading the word; 5. Conflicting loyalties; 6. Catching on and taking off; 7. Caught in the web; 8. The wheels of language; 9. Spinning away; Part III. Causation: 10. The reason why; 11. Doing what comes naturally; 12. Repairing the patterns; 13. Pushing and pulling; Part IV. Beginnings and Endings: 14. Language birth; 15. Language death; 16. Progress or decay?
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