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Historical Linguistics : An Introduction

Historical Linguistics : An Introduction - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262531597

Cover of Historical Linguistics : An Introduction 98 (ISBN 978-0262531597)
ISBN13: 978-0262531597
ISBN10: 0262531593

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 1998
International: No

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Historical Linguistics : An Introduction - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262531597

Lyle Campbell

ISBN13: 978-0262531597
ISBN10: 0262531593

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Historical linguistics is the study of how and why language changes--both the methods of investigating language change and the theories designed to explain these changes. This highly accessible introductory text takes a hands-on, how-to approach, rather than just talking about the subject as many texts do. The book contains abundant examples both from familiar European languages, to make the topics accessible, and from a variety of non-European languages, to illustrate the depth and range of the concepts. The book also covers a number of essential topics neglected by most texts, including syntactic change, methods for investigating distant genetic relationship, linguistic prehistory, and grammaticalization.


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