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Historical Linguistics An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0262531593

ISBN-13: 9780262531597

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lyle Campbell

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Historical linguistics is the study of how and why language changes--both the methods of investigating language change and the theories designed to explain these changes. This highly accessible introductory text takes a hands-on, how-to approach, rather than just talking about the subject as many texts do. The book contains abundant examples both from familiar European languages, to make the topics accessible, and from a variety of non-European languages, to illustrate the depth and range of the concepts. The book also covers a number of essential topics neglected by most texts, including syntactic change, methods for investigating distant genetic relationship, linguistic prehistory, and grammaticalization.
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figures and Mapsp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Phonetic Symbols and Conventionsp. xix
Phonetic Symbols Chartp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Sound Changep. 16
Borrowingp. 62
Analogical Changep. 103
The Comparative Method and Linguistic Reconstructionp. 122
Linguistic Classificationp. 184
Models of Linguistic Changep. 211
Internal Reconstructionp. 225
Semantic Change and Lexical Changep. 252
Syntactic Changep. 283
Explaining Linguistic Changep. 312
Areal Linguisticsp. 330
Distant Genetic Relationshipp. 344
Philology: The Role of Written Recordsp. 361
Linguistic Prehistoryp. 378
Bibliographyp. 421
Language Indexp. 436
Name Indexp. 442
Subject Indexp. 444
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