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Language Change Progress or Decay?

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ISBN-10: 1107678927

ISBN-13: 9781107678927

Edition: 4th 2012

Authors: Jean Aitchison

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How and why do languages change? Where does the evidence of language change come from? How do languages begin and end? This introduction to language change explores these and other questions, considering changes through time. The central theme of this textbook is whether language change is a symptom of progress or decay. This book will show you how it is neither and that understanding the factors surrounding how language change occurs is essential to understanding why it happens. This updated edition remains non-technical and accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of linguistics.
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Book details

Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

After many years lecturing with the University of London (at the London School of Economics and Political Science), Jean Aitchison was Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford (1993 2003) and is now an Emeritus Professor. She is the author of a number of books on language, including The Language Web (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Preliminaries
The ever-whirling wheel
Collecting up clues
Charting the changes
Transition
Spreading the word
Conflicting loyalties
Catching on and taking off
Caught in the web
The wheels of language
Spinning away
Causation
The reason why
Doing what comes naturally
Repairing the patterns
Pushing and pulling
Beginnings and Endings
Language birth
Language death
Progress or decay?