The Bloomsbury Companion to Historical Linguistics

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  • Copyright: 2013-05-14
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Originally published as the Continuum Companion to Historical Linguistics, this book brings together a number of leading scholars who provide a combination of different approaches to current and new issues in historical linguistics, while supplying an exhaustive and up-to-date coverage of sub-fields traditionally regarded as central to historical linguistics research. The editors aim to build a solid background for further discussion and to indicate directions for new research on relevant open questions.

The book includes coverage of key terms, a list of resources, and sections on:
- history of research- methodology- phonology- morphology- grammatical categories- syntax- grammaticalization- semantics - etymology- language contact- sociolinguistics- causes of language change
It is a complete resource for researchers working on historical linguistics.

Author Biography

Silvia Luraghi is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pavia, Italy.

Vit Bubenik is Professor of Linguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations \ List of Contributors \ Editor's Introduction \ 1. Historical linguistics: history, sources and resources Silvia Luraghi and Vit Bubenik \ Part I: Methodology \ 2. Sound change and the comparative method: the science of historical reconstruction John Hewson \ 3. Internal reconstruction Brian D. Joseph \ 4. Typology and universals Hans H. Hock\ 5. Internal language classification Søren Wichmann \ Part II: Phonological change \ 6. Segmental phonological change Joseph Salmons \ 7. Suprasegmental and prosodic historical phonology Hans Henrich Hock \ Part III: Morphological and Grammatical change \ 8. From morphologization to demorphologization Henning Andersen \ 9. Analogical change Livio Gaeta\ 10. Change in grammatical categories Vit Bubenik \ Part IV: Syntactic change \ 11. Word order Jan Terje Faarlund \ 12. The rise (and possible downfall) of configurationality Silvia Luraghi \ 13. Subordination Dorothy Disterheft and Carlotta Viti \ 14. Alignment Geoffrey Haig \ Part V: Semantico-Pragmatic Change \ 15. Grammaticalization Elizabeth Closs Traugott \ 16. Semantic change Eugenio R. Luján\ 17. Etymology Thomas Krisch \ Part VI: Explanation of Language Change \ 18. Language contact Bridget Drinka \ 19. Regional and social dialectology J. K. Chambers \ 20. Causes of language change Silvia Luraghi \ A-Z Historical Linguistics \ References \ Index of Subjects \ Index of Authors \ Index of Languages

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