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This book is an introduction to historical linguistics - the study of language change over time. Written in an engaging style and illustrated with examples from a wide range of languages, the book covers the fundamental concepts of language change, methods for historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, sociolinguistic aspects of language change, language contact, the birth and death of languages, language and prehistory and the issue of very remote relations.
A minimal knowledge of linguistic concepts is needed and the book is suitable for students approaching the subject for the first time. The exercises will be particularly useful to teachers and students alike.
The strength of the book is its suitability for beginning students ... a highly recommendable introduction into historical linguistics - one, I might add, one has been looking out for a long time. -- Werner Abraham, Studies in Language
|The fact of language change|
|Lexical and semantic change|
|Phonological change I: Change in pronunciation|
|Phonological change II: Change in phonological systems|
|Relatedness between languages|
|The comparative method|
|The origin and propagation of change|
|Contact and the birth and death of languages|
|Language and prehistory|
|Very remote relations|
|Appendix: The Swadesh 200-word list|
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Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 1st July 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.88
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised