Historical Linguistics

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Edinburgh University Press, Jan 7, 2013 - Performing Arts - 512 pages
This accessible, hands-on introduction to historical linguistics - the study of language change - does not just talk about topics. With abundant examples and exercises, it helps students learn for themselves how to do historical linguistics.Distinctive to the book is its integration of the standard traditional topics with others now considered vital to historical linguistics: explanation of 'why' languages change; sociolinguistic aspects of linguistic change; syntactic change and grammaticalization; distant genetic relationships (how to show that languages are related); areal linguistics; and linguistic prehistory. Examples come from a wide range of languages. Those from the history of more familiar languages such as English, French, German and Spanish make the concepts they illustrate more accessible, while others from numerous non-Indo-European languages help to demonstrate the depth and richness of the concepts and methods they illustrate.With its lucid and engaging style, expert guidance and comprehensive coverage, this book is not only an invaluable textbook for students coming to the subject for the first time, but also an entertaining and engaging read for specialists in the field.Key Features"e; Practical hands-on approach including numerous student exercises"e; Wide range of languages and examples"e; Accessible writing style aimed at students"e; Comprehensive and insightful coverage of essential topicsKey Wordshistorical linguistics, syntactic change, grammaticalization, language change
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Sound Change
14
3 Borrowing
56
4 Analogical Change
91
5 The Comparative Method and Linguistic Reconstruction
107
6 Linguistic Classification
159
7 Models of Linguistic Change
187
8 Internal Reconstruction
198
12 Language Contact
298
13 Explanation
322
14 Distant Genetic Relationship
346
The Role of Written Records
373
16 Linguistic Prehistory
405
17 Quantitative Approaches toHistorical Linguistics
447
Bibliography
493
Name Index
519

9 Semantic Change and Lexical Change
221
10 Morphological Change
247
11 Syntactic Change
273

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About the author (2013)

Lyle Campbell is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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