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Historical Linguistics An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0262532670
ISBN-13: 9780262532679
Edition: 2nd 2004
Authors: Lyle Campbell
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 470
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

This accessible, hands-on text not only introduces students to the important topics in historical linguistics but also shows them how to apply the methods described and how to think about the issues; abundant examples and exercises allow students to focus on how to do historical linguistics. Distinctive to this text is its integration of the standard topics with others now considered important to the field, including syntactic change, grammaticalization, sociolinguistic contributions to linguistic change, distant genetic relationships, areal linguistics, and linguistic prehistory. Examples are taken from a broad range of languages; those from the more familiar English, French, German, and Spanish make the topics more accessible, while those from non-Indo-European languages show the depth and range of the concepts they illustrate. This second edition features expanded explanations and examples as well as updates in light of recent work in linguistics, including a defense of the family tree model, a response to recent claims on lexical diffusion/frequency, and a section on why languages diversify and spread.

List of Tables
List of Figures and Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
Phonetic Symbols and Conventions
Phonetic Symbols Chart
Introduction
Sound Change
Borrowing
Analogical Change
The Comparative Method and Linguistic Reconstruction
Linguistic Classification
Models of Linguistic Change
Internal Reconstruction
Semantic Change and Lexical Change
Syntactic Change
Explaining Linguistic Change
Areal Linguistics
Distant Genetic Relationship
Philology: The Role of Written Records
Linguistic Prehistory
Bibliography
Language Index
Name Index
Subject Index

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