Linguistic Reconstruction: An Introduction to Theory and Method / Edition 1

Linguistic Reconstruction: An Introduction to Theory and Method / Edition 1

by Anthony Fox
     
 

How and why are languages constantly changing? Historical linguistics seeks to find out by going beyond the history of individual languages to discover the general principles which underlie language change. But our evidence is severely limited. Most of the world's languages are still unwritten, and even in areas with long written traditions, such as Europe and the

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How and why are languages constantly changing? Historical linguistics seeks to find out by going beyond the history of individual languages to discover the general principles which underlie language change. But our evidence is severely limited. Most of the world's languages are still unwritten, and even in areas with long written traditions, such as Europe and the Near East, documentary evidence stretches only a little way back along the path of the historical development of languages. How, then, can we uncover our long linguistic prehistory, and what can it tell us about language change? This new book, the first in the major new series, Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics, is an accessible general guide for students with an elementary knowledge of linguistics to the methods and theoretical bases of linguistic reconstruction. Fox provides a comprehensive survey both of orthodox techniques and of newer, less well established principles such as the application of linguistic universals and language typology, and quantitative techniques.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198700012
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/27/1995
Series:
Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
A Note on Transcription and Transliteration
1Introduction1
2Background to the Comparative Method17
3The Comparative Method in the Twentieth Century37
4The Comparative Method: Basic Procedures57
5Comparative Reconstruction of Morphology, Syntax, and the Lexicon92
6Issues in Comparative Reconstruction122
7Internal Reconstruction145
8Applications and Implications of Internal Reconstruction185
9Reconstructing Language Relationships217
10Language Typology and Linguistic Reconstruction247
11Quantitative Methods in Reconstruction275
12Reconstruction, Culture, and Society303
References330
General Index359
Language Index365
Name Index368

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