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Historical Linguistics : An Introduction - Winfred P. Lehmann

Historical Linguistics

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 26th November 1992
ISBN: 9780415072434
Number Of Pages: 364

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"Historical Linguistics" provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to historical linguistic theory and methods. Since first published in 1962 the book has established itself as core reading for students of linguistics.
Recent decades have seen remarkable advances in the field of linguistic theory: clarification of the history and development of writing; typological advances have allowed a better understanding of the structure of early languages; and archeologists and scientists dealing with prehistoric periods have supplemented knowledge of the speakers of early languages, broadening the view of their culture and society. This third edition has been thoroughly revised by Lehmann to include these and other recent developments in linguistic and archeological research. "Historical Linguistics" presents basic research methods with illustrations of the application, taken largely from the Indo-European language family. Supplementary exercises utilize data from other language families.

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List abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
The background of historical linguistic studyp. 23
The use of written recordsp. 46
Genealogical classificationp. 65
Typological classificationp. 96
Linguistic communitiesp. 114
The comparative methodp. 141
The method of internal reconstructionp. 162
Glottochronologyp. 175
Sound change - change in phonological systemsp. 183
Morphological changep. 219
Syntactic changep. 237
Semantic change and changes in the lexiconp. 254
Interrelationships among changesp. 279
Linguistic and cultural changep. 294
Conclusionp. 308
Referencesp. 320
Indexp. 328
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ISBN: 9780415072434
ISBN-10: 0415072433
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 26th November 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: New edition