Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Historical Linguistics

Paperback | April 15, 2001

byHerbert SchendlEditorH. G. Widdowson

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This book provides an accessible introduction to anyone interested in the history of the English language. It outlines the major issues and terminology used in the field of Historical Linguistics, a required part of most university-level language and linguistics courses, and creates an openinginto the field for the new reader.

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This book provides an accessible introduction to anyone interested in the history of the English language. It outlines the major issues and terminology used in the field of Historical Linguistics, a required part of most university-level language and linguistics courses, and creates an openinginto the field for the new reader.

Professor Henry Widdowson is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London, and has also been Professor of Applied Linguistics at Essex University and Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.35 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0194372383

ISBN - 13:9780194372381

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1Survey1. Language change as a matter of factAttitudes to language changeLanguage state and processThe aims and scope of historical linguistics2. Reconstructing the past: Data and evidenceThe data of historical linguisticsThe written evidenceSources of evidenceComparing and reconstructing languagesCorrespondences between languagesLaws of changeInternal reconstruction3. Vocabulary changeCoining new wordsChanges of meaningWhy do word meanings change?4. Grammatical changeMorphological changeSyntactic change5. Sound changeHow sounds are producedPhonetic changePhonemic change6. Language contactBorrowing from other languagesConvergence and linguistic areasLanguage birth: pidgins and creolesLanguage death7. How and why do languages change?Functional explanationsPsycholinguistic explanations: Language acquisitionSociolinguistic explanationsThe origin and spread of changes8. Postscript: Further developmentsSocio-historical linguistics and historical pragmaticsEvolutionary linguisticsStandardisation and language planningConclusionSECTION 2ReadingsSECTION 3ReferencesSECTION 4Glossary

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