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An Introduction to Historical Linguistics

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780195365542

ISBN10:
0195365542
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
2/18/2010
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press, USA
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Summary

All languages change, just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing. This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics, the study of language change over time. It covers all themajor areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in a clear and concise way. Examples are given from a wide range of languages, with special emphasis on the languages of Australia and the Pacific. While the needs of undergraduate students of linguistics have been kept firmly in mind, the book will also be of interest to the general reader seeking to understand langauge and language change. For this fourth edition, a number of new sections have been written, including many new problems and several datasets. Existing materials have been supplemented with new sections on grammaticalization, tonogenesis, morphological change, and using statistical methods in language classification.

Author Biography


Terry Crowley was Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
Claire Bowern is Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Yale University.

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, Maps, Preface, Phonetic Symbols, Language Maps
Introduction
Types of Sound Change
Expressing Sound Changes
Phonetic and Phonemic Changes
The Comparative Method (1): Procedures
Determining Relatedness
Internal Reconstruction
Computational and Statistical Methods
The Comparative Method (2.) History and Challenges
Morphological Change
Semantic and Lexical Change
Syntactic Change
Observing Language Change
Language Contact
Cultural Reconstruction
Data Sets
Language Index
References
Endnotes
Index
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