Linguistic Reconstruction: An Introduction to Theory and Method

Paperback | March 1, 1995

byAnthony Fox

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How and why are languages constantly changing? Historical lingustics seeks to find out by going beyond the history of individual languages to discover the general principles which underlie language change. But our evidence is severely limited. Most of the world's languages are stillunwritten, and even in areas with long written traditions, such as Europe and the Near East, documentary evidence stretches only a little way back along the path of the historical development of languages. How, then, can we uncover our long linguistic prehistory, and what can it tell us aboutlanguage change?This new textbook is an accessible general guide for students with an elementary knowledge of linguistics to the methods and theoretical bases of linguistic reconstruction, and of newer, less well established principles such as the application of linguistic universals and language typology, andquantitative techniques. Finally he reviews the principles for establishing language relationships and for uncovering information about the homelands and cultures of the prehistoric speakers of reconstructed languages.

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How and why are languages constantly changing? Historical lingustics seeks to find out by going beyond the history of individual languages to discover the general principles which underlie language change. But our evidence is severely limited. Most of the world's languages are stillunwritten, and even in areas with long written trad...

Anthony Fox is at University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198700016

ISBN - 13:9780198700012

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Background in Comparitive Method3. The Comparitive Method in the Twentieth Century4. The Comparitive Method: Basic Procedures5. Comparitive Reconstruction of Morphology, Syntax, and the Lexicon6. Issues in Comparative Reconstruction7. Internal Reconstruction8. Applications and Implications of Internal Reconstruction9. Reconstructing Language Relationships10. Language Typology and Linguistic Reconstruction11. Quantative Methods in Reconstruction12. Reconstruction, Culture and SocietyReferences

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`One does not need to know about historical linguistics to understand this book. Fox assumes his reader is acquainted with the basics of linguistics, but even a novice in historical linguistics can plunge into this book.'Notes on Linguistics 78