Essays on Time-Based Linguistic Analysis by Charles-James N. Bailey

Essays on Time-Based Linguistic Analysis

byCharles-James N. Bailey

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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The purpose of this volume is to make easily available a representative selection of Charles-James N. Bailey's views on linguistic theory. Several previously published papers have been extensively revised and updated for the collection, which also contains two new chapters. The collection isflanked by a new Prologue and Epilogue, and the whole is preceded by Peter Muhlhausler's Introduction which offers a critical appraisal of Professor Bailey's contribution to the field. In the Prologue the author discusses the rationale for a Developmentalist, or time-based, framework for the scientific analysis of languages; in the Epilogue he laborates a new approach to historical linguistics. These initial and final chapters reflect the volume's twofold emphasis on time-basedanalysis both in descriptive (multi-dialectal) analyses of languages and in historical analysis. For historical analysis Professor Bailey contrasts his approach with the current paradoxical practice of employing static models that exclude a time parameter - an approach which he characterizes as'synchronic-idiolectal'. In doing so he offers explanations for matters which have not previously been accounted for in a satisfactory way: why and when languages change, the disruptive effects of language contact in triggering important kinds of change and the role of markedness in complex changes.Concentrating on the sound system and syntax of English, he presents a time-based model with rules for generating highly complex, multiphased phenomena which have been, until now, impervious to linguistic analysis.

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Charles-James N. Bailey is the Emeritus Professor of English and General Linguistics at the Technische University of Berlin.

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Title:Essays on Time-Based Linguistic AnalysisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:430 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198242204

ISBN - 13:9780198242208

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`Bailey reveals in a clear and consistent fashion the main distinction between his own framework and synchronic models ... I commend the author and the publishers of this book. ETLA is very well argued and written ... Further, and most importantly, Oxford University Press and the editors ofthis book are to be commended for making Bailey's most important work available to the linguistic community in a book that will be easy to obtain at university libraries and for giving Bailey his due credit as one of the most original linguists of this century. ETLA is an important contribution tolinguistic theory and language variation and change ... I recommend this book to all linguistics students and scholars of historical linguistics, linguistic variation, and linguistic theory ... This book should be in the library of anyone interested in linguistic theory, historical linguistics, andlinguistic variation.'Australian Journal of Linguistics