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Motives for Language Change - Raymond Hickey

Motives for Language Change

By: Raymond Hickey (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th February 2003
ISBN: 9780521793032
Number Of Pages: 300

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This specially commissioned volume considers the processes involved in language change and the issues of how they can be modelled and studied. The way languages change offers an insight into the nature of language itself, its internal organisation, and how it is acquired and used. Accordingly, the phenomenon of language change has been approached from a variety of perspectives by linguists of many different orientations. This book brings together an international team of leading figures from different areas of linguistics to re-examine some of the central issues in this field and also to discuss new proposals. The volume is arranged into sections - including grammaticalisation, the typological perspective, the social context of language change and contact-based explanations. It seeks to cover the subject as a whole, bearing in mind its relevance for the general analysis of language, and will appeal to a broad international readership.

'Apart from providing pleasant reading for older scholars, this well-edited volume contains a great deal of material that can be used in advanced studies and researcher training in historical linguistics.' Journal of Sociolinguistics ' ... the papers are of uniformly high quality, and some of them are absolutely first-rate. A number of the contributions are also eminently suitable for use in advanced courses on historical linguistics. This book is a worthy tribute to a distinguished scholar.' CJL/RCL

Introduction
The Phenomenon of Language Change
On change in 'E-language'
Formal and functional motivation for language change
Linguistic Models and Language Change
Metaphors, models and language change
Log(ist)ic and simplistic S-curves
Regular suppletion
On not explaining language change: optimality theory and the Great Vowel Shift
Grammaticalization
Grammaticalization: cause or effect?
From subjectification to intersubjectification
The Social Context for Language Change
On the role of the speaker in language change
Contact-based Explanations
The quest for the most 'parsimonious' explanations: endogeny vs. contact revisited
Diagnosing prehistoric language contact
The ingenerate motivation of sound change
How do dialects get the features they have? On the process of new dialect formation
The Typological Perspective
Reconstruction, typology, and reality
Reanalysis and typological change
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ISBN: 9780521793032
ISBN-10: 0521793033
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 10th February 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61