Historical Linguistics

Historical Linguistics : An Introduction

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An accessible introduction to historical linguistics, this work contains many examples and problem sets/exercises to which the students can apply the principles and procedures outlined in each chapter. It deals with essential areas of historical linguistics: grammaticalization, sociolinguistic treatment of linguistic change, remote genetic relationship; areal linguistics and linguistic prehistory.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 711g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • 0748611142
  • 9780748611140

Table of contents

Sound change; borrowing; analogical change; the comparative method; linguistic classification and subgrouping; models of change; internal reconstruction; syntactic change; semantic change; explaining linguistic change; areal linguistics; evaluating proposals of remote relationship; philology and historical linguistics; linguistic prehistory. Appendices: object lessons from the history of historical linguistics; Indo-European demystified.show more