Language Change: Progress or Decay? / Edition 3

Language Change: Progress or Decay? / Edition 3

by Jean Aitchison
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Cambridge University Press
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Language Change: Progress or Decay? / Edition 3

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.

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; 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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