Language Change: Progress or Decay?

Language Change: Progress or Decay?

by Jean Aitchison

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Language Change: Progress or Decay? by Jean Aitchison

How and why do languages change? Where does the evidence of language change come from? How do languages begin and end? This introduction to language change explores these and other questions, considering changes through time. The central theme of this book is whether language change is a symptom of progress or decay. This book will show you why it is neither, and that understanding the factors surrounding how language change occurs is essential to understanding why it happens. This updated edition remains non-technical and accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107678927
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Series: Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

After many years lecturing with the University of London (at the London School of Economics and Political Science), Jean Aitchison was Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford (1993-2003) and is now an Emeritus Professor. She is the author of a number of books on language, including The Language Web (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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