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Historical Linguistics Theory and Method

ISBN-10: 0631196625
ISBN-13: 9780631196624
Edition: 2007
Authors: Mark Hale
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

An introduction to the subject of historical linguistics, this title presents controversial but compelling ideas in developing a clear understanding as to why historical linguistics has had significant success in some domains, such as phonological history, and why it is considerably less successful in others.

Introduction
"Language" and "Language Change": Preliminaries
What is "Language"?
Synchronic "Language" vs. Diachronic "Language"
"Language" as a Synchronic Object
"Language" as a Diachronic Object
Discussion Questions and Issues
Linguistic Artifacts: Philology
Objects vs. "Texts"
"Texts" and "Languages"
Discussion Questions and Issues
What is a "Descent" Relationship?
The Nature of Linguistic "Descent"
Further Remarks on "Change"
Diffusion
Conclusion
Discussion Questions and Issues
Phonological Change
Galilean-Style Phonology
The Grammar, Production, and Perception
What is a "Phonological Object"?
Phonological Change
Discussion Questions and Issues
The Traditional Approach
Marshallese Historical Phonology
Summary of Marshallese Developments from Proto-Micronesian
Discussion Questions and Issues
In-Depth Consideration of Selected Issues
Phonetics, Phonology, and Sound Change I: The Marshallese Velars
A Digression on the History of Research
Phonetics, Phonology, and Sound Change II: The Marshallese Vowels
Phonological Change without Phonetic Change
Discussion Questions and Issues
The Regularity of Sound Change
The Neogrammarian Hypothesis
Conclusion
Discussion Questions and Issues
Syntactic Change
What is Syntactic Change?
"Regular" Syntactic Change
Some Comments on Lightfoot's Model of Parametric Change
"Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics": Some Models of Variation and Change
Conclusion
Discussion Questions and Issues
The Diachrony of Clitics: Phonology and Syntax
Wackernagel's Law: Traditional Diachronic Syntax
What Can('t) be a Clitic?
What Can('t) be a "Syntactic" Clitic?
Discussion Questions and Issues
Reconstruction Methodology
Reconstruction Methodology
Introduction
The Genetic Hypothesis
Trivial vs. Nontrivial Innovations
Subgrouping
Democracy and Reconstruction: Is "Majority Rules" a Principle?
Recent Criticisms
"Realist" and "Formalist" Views of Reconstruction
Final Remarks
Discussion Questions and Issues
Concluding Remarks
Synchronic and Diachronic Linguistics
The Mirage of Apparent Identity
Conclusion
Discussion Questions and Issues
References
Index

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