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Language Classification History and Method

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ISBN-10: 052188005X

ISBN-13: 9780521880053

Edition: 2008

Authors: Lyle Campbell, William J. Poser

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How are relationships established between the world's languages? This is one of the most topical and most controversial questions in contemporary linguistics. The central aims of the book are to answer this question, to cut through the controversies, and to contribute to research in distant genetic relationships. In doing this the authors aim to: (1) show how the methods have been employed; (2) reveal which methods, techniques, and strategies have proven successful and which ones have proven ineffective; (3) determine how particular language families were established; (4) evaluate several of the most prominent and more controversial proposals of distant genetic relationship (such as…    
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Book details

List price: $133.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/26/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 548
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 1.38" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Introduction: how are languages shown to be related to one another?
The beginning of comparative linguistics
'Asiatic Jones, Oriental Jones': Sir William Jones' role in the rise of comparative linguistics
Consolidation of the comparative linguistics
How some languages were shown to belong to Indo-European
Comparative linguistics of other languages and regions
How to show languages are related: the methods
The philosophical-psychological-typological-evolutionary approach to language relationships
Assessment of proposed distant genetic relationships
Beyond the comparative method?
Why and how do languages diversify and spread?
What can we learn about the earliest human language by comparing languages known today?
Conclusions: anticipating the future