Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics / Edition 2

Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics / Edition 2

by Hans Henrich Hock, Brian D. Joseph
     
 

Why does language change? Why can we speak to and understand our parents but have trouble reading Shakespeare? Why is Chaucer's English of the fourteenth century so different from Modern English of the late twentieth century that the two are essentially different languages? Why are Americans and English 'one people divided by a common language'? And how can the

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Why does language change? Why can we speak to and understand our parents but have trouble reading Shakespeare? Why is Chaucer's English of the fourteenth century so different from Modern English of the late twentieth century that the two are essentially different languages? Why are Americans and English 'one people divided by a common language'? And how can the language of Chaucer and Modern English - or Modern British and American English - still be called the same language? The present book provides answers to questions like these in a straightforward way, aimed at the non-specialist, with ample illustrations from both familiar and more exotic languages.

Most chapters in this new edition have been reworked, with some difficult passages removed, other passages thoroughly rewritten, and several new sections added, e.g. on language and race and on Indian writing systems. Further, the chapter notes and bibliography have all been updated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110218428
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication date:
08/19/2009
Series:
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] Series, #218
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.31(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction3
2The discovery of Indo-European35
3Writing: Its history and its decipherment65
4Sound change113
5Analogy and change in word structure153
6Syntactic change189
7Semantic change215
8Lexical borrowing253
9Lexical change and etymology: The study of words292
10Language, dialect, and standard321
11Dialect geography and dialectology346
12Language spread, link languages, and bilingualism369
13Convergence: Dialectology beyond language boundaries393
14Pidgins, creoles, and related forms of language418
15Language death446
16Comparative method: Establishing language relationship455
17Proto-World? The question of long-distance genetic relationships484
18Historical linguistics, history, and prehistory: Linguistic paleontology and other applications of our methods507
Chapter notes and suggested readings536
Copyright acknowledgments555
References557
Indexes585

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