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Historical Linguistics : Theory and Method - Mark Hale

Historical Linguistics

Theory and Method

By: Mark Hale


Published: 24th January 2007
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This book goes beyond the boundaries of a standard text, using controversial and compelling ideas to explore the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics.

  • An original and engaging introduction to the subject of historical linguistics

  • Presents controversial but compelling ideas in developing a clear understanding as to why historical linguistics has had significant success in some domains, such as phonological history, and why it is considerably less successful in others

  • Explores the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics, topics such as 'language' and 'change', and corresponding notions in contemporary (synchronic) linguistic theory

  • Features extensive discussion of traditional and theoretically-oriented historical work in the domains of phonology and syntax.

"This book will be a boon to educators who teach courses thatgo beyond a basic introduction to historical linguistics and whoseek to link issues in linguistic change to questions intheoretical phonology or syntax ... This book is firmly on mylist of the few crucial texts for historical linguists ...students should be encouraged to read this volume critically tobroaden their horizons and deepen their thoughts." TimesHigher Education Supplement

"The appearance of this book is one of the most excitingevents in historical linguistics in many decades: the book is astunning achievement. No historical linguist can afford to ignoreHale's attempt to provide a solid theoretical foundation forthe field's methodological successes, and to link synchronictheoretical linguistics to the study of language change.Hale's perspective is original and stimulating, as is hislively writing style; some of his claims are sure to becontroversial, but those who disagree with him will have to workhard to counter his arguments." Sarah Thomason, Universityof Michigan


Part I: ?Language? and ?Language Change?: Preliminaries.

1. What is ?Language??.

2. Linguistic Artifacts: Philology.

3. What is a ?Descent? Relationship?.

Part II: Phonological Change.

4. Galilean-Style Phonology.

5. The Traditional Approach.

6. In-Depth Consideration of Selected Issues.

7. The Regularity of Sound Change.

Part III: Syntactic Change.

8. What is Syntactic Change?.

9. The Diachrony of Clitics: Phonology and Syntax.

Part IV: Reconstruction Methodology.

10. Reconstruction Methodology.

Part V: Concluding Remarks.

11. Synchronic and Diachronic Linguistics.



ISBN: 9780631196624
ISBN-10: 0631196625
Series: Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 24th January 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 17.25  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1