Linguistic Evolution: With Special Reference to English by M. L. SamuelsLinguistic Evolution: With Special Reference to English by M. L. Samuels

Linguistic Evolution: With Special Reference to English

byM. L. Samuels

Paperback | February 28, 1975

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Professor Samuels presents a comprehensive explanation of the reasons for linguistic change, applying his theory in particular to the history of English. He assesses and mediates between the conflicting dogmas of different schools of linguistics, and offers an alternative theory of linguistic change which is basically simple but has the scope to cover any type of change.
Title:Linguistic Evolution: With Special Reference to EnglishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:February 28, 1975Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521099137

ISBN - 13:9780521099134

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Table of Contents

Preface; Note to second impression; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Variation in the spoken chain; 3. System: the phoneme; 4. Grammar and lexis (I): variation; 5. Grammar and lexis (II): systemic regulation; 6. Diversity and contact; 7. An assessment of the problem; 8. Dimensions of study; 9. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index of persons; Index of subjects.

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'Linguistic Evolution should succeed as an introductory text. Samuels has struck a rare balance between clarity and penetrating analysis. He has contributed towards the re-establishment of historical linguistics as a challenging discipline, something worth doing. In conclusion, the excellence of the technical presentation makes the book an absolute pleasure to handle.' Unisa English Studies