Introduction to Historical Linguistics

ISBN-10: 0195365542

ISBN-13: 9780195365542

Edition: 4th 2009

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All languages change, just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing. This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics, the study of language change over time. It covers all themajor areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in a clear and concise way. Examples are given from a wide range of languages, with special emphasis on the languages of Australia and the Pacific. While the needs of undergraduate students of linguistics have been kept firmly in mind, the book will also be of interest to the general reader seeking to understand langauge and language change. For this fourth edition, a number of new sections have been written, including many new problems and several datasets. Existing materials have been supplemented with new sections on grammaticalization, tonogenesis, morphological change, and using statistical methods in language classification.
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Book details

List price: $22.49
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Terry Crowley is a professor of HIstory at the University of Guelph. Among his previous books, Agnes Macphail and the Politics of Equality won the W.C. Good Writing Award of the Rural Learning Association.

Tables, Figures, Maps, Preface, Phonetic Symbols, Language Maps
Introduction
Types of Sound Change
Expressing Sound Changes
Phonetic and Phonemic Changes
The Comparative Method (1): Procedures
Determining Relatedness
Internal Reconstruction
Computational and Statistical Methods
The Comparative Method (2.) History and Challenges
Morphological Change
Semantic and Lexical Change
Syntactic Change
Observing Language Change
Language Contact
Cultural Reconstruction
Data Sets
Language Index
References
Endnotes
Index
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