Principles of Historical Linguistics / Edition 2

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Overview

Historical linguistic theory and practice contains a great number of different 'layers' which have been accepted in the course of time and have acquired a permanency of their own. These range from neogrammarian conceptualizations of sound change and analogy to present-day ideas on rule change and language mixture. To get a full grasp of the principles of historical linguistics it is therefore necessary to understand the nature and justifications (or shortcomings) of each of these 'layers', not just to look for a single 'overarching' theory. The major purpose of the book is to provide in up-to-date form such an understanding of the principles of historical linguistics and the related fields of comparative linguistics and linguistic reconstruction. In addition, the book provides a very broad exemplification of the principles of historical linguistics.
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"[...] a manual and state-of-the-art-report for readers already committed to linguistic study."O. W. Robinson in: Journal of English and German Philology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110129625
  • Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
  • Publication date: 5/28/1991
  • Edition description: 2nd rev. and updated ed. 1991
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 744
  • Sales rank: 1,130,492
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.56 (d)

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