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Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship : An Introduction to Historical and Comparitive Linguistics

Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship : An Introduction to Historical and Comparitive Linguistics - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-3110147841

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Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
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Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship : An Introduction to Historical and Comparitive Linguistics - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-3110147841

Hans H. Hock and Brian D. Joseph

ISBN13: 978-3110147841
ISBN10: 311014784X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

Why does language change? Why can we speak to and understand our parents but have trouble reading Shakespeare? Why is Chaucer's English of the fourteenth century so different from Modern English of the late twentieth century that the two are essentially different languages?

Why are Americans and English 'one people divided by a common language'? And how can the language of Chaucer and Modern English - or Modern British and American English - still be called the same language?

The present book provides answers to questions like these in a straightforward way, aimed at the non-specialist, with ample illustrations from both, familiar and more exotic languages.

Table of Contents

Preface

1 Introduction
2 The discovery of Indo-European
3 Writing: Its history and its decipherment
4 Sound change
5 Analogy and change in word structure
6 Syntactic change
7 Semantic change
8 Lexical borrowing
9 Lexical change and etymology: The study of words
10 Language, dialect, and standard
11 Dialect geography and dialectology
12 Language spread, link languages, and bilingualism
13 Convergence: Dialectology beyond language boundaries
14 Pidgins, creoles, and related forms of language
15 Language death
16 Comparative method: Establishing language relationship
17 Proto-World? The question of long-distance genetic relationships
18 Historical linguistics, history, and prehistory: Linguistic paleontology and other applications of our methods

Chapter notes and suggested readings
Copyright acknowledgments
References
Indexes

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