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Historical Linguistics

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ISBN-10: 0521291887

ISBN-13: 9780521291880

Edition: 1977

Authors: Theodora Bynon, S. R. Anderson, J. Bresnan, B. Comrie, W. Dressler

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Historical Linguistics is concerned with the process of language change through time. It investigates how and why the language of individuals, a social group or a whole 'speech community' develops in respect of its pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. Dr Bynon regards language as essentially a dynamic phenomenon, whose character can be at best only partly understood by a static, and necessarily idealized, synchronic approach. In Part I she establishes the theoretical framework by providing a systematic survey of the three main models of language development - the neogrammarian, structuralist, and transformational generative. Examples drawn substantially from English and German, but also…    
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Book details

List price: $59.99
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/15/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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Preface
Introduction
Models of Language Development
The neogrammarian model
The structuralist model of language evolution
The transformational-generative model of language evolution
Language Contact
The neogrammarian postulates and dialect geography
The social motivation of language change
Contact between languages
Language and prehistory
Further reading
References
Additional bibliography
Index