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Introduction to Historical Linguistics

Introduction to Historical Linguistics - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0195583786

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ISBN13: 978-0195583786
ISBN10: 0195583787
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1997
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Introduction to Historical Linguistics - 3RD 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195583786

Terry Crowley

ISBN13: 978-0195583786
ISBN10: 0195583787
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 97
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Includes new material relating to paleolinguistics, ergative to accusative change, lexical specialization, lexicostatistics and glottochronology, and word order change

All languages change, just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing. This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics--the study of language change over time. It covers all the major areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in a clear and concise way. While examples are given from a wide range of languages, most major concepts and techniques are illustrated by material drawn from the languages of Australia and the Pacific. The needs of undergraduate students of linguistics have been kept firmly in mind, but the book will also be of interest to the general reader seeking to understand language and language change. This third edition includes a number of rewritten and supplemented sections and new material on grammaticalization, ergativity and accusativity, language diversification, palaeolinguistics, and morphological evolution.

  • Discussion points expanded to take account of recent developments
  • Additional readings for undergraduate students

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Crowley, Terry : University of Waikato

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