An Introduction to Historical Linguistics

Paperback | March 4, 2010

byTerry Crowley, Claire Bowern

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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 themajor areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in aclear and concise way. Examples are given from a wide range of languages, with special emphasis on the languages of Australia and the Pacific. While the needs of undergraduate students of linguistics have been kept firmly in mind, the book will also be of interest to the general reader seeking tounderstand langauge and language change.For this fourth edition, a number of new sections have been written, including many new problems and several datasets. Existing materials have been supplemented with new sections on grammaticalization, tonogenesis, morphological change, and using statistical methods in languageclassification.

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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 themajor areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in aclear and concise way. Examples are given fr...

Terry Crowley was Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Claire Bowern is Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:March 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195365542

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, Maps, Preface, Phonetic Symbols, Language Maps1. Introduction2. Types of Sound Change3. Expressing Sound Changes4. Phonetic and Phonemic Changes5. The Comparative Method (1): Procedures6. Determining Relatedness7. Internal Reconstruction8. Computational and Statistical Methods9. The Comparative Method (2.) History and Challenges10. Morphological Change11. Semantic and Lexical Change12. Syntactic Change13. Observing Language Change14. Language Contact15. Cultural ReconstructionData SetsLanguage IndexReferencesEndnotesIndex