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Trask's Historical Linguisticsby Robert Mccoll, Dr Millar
Synopses & Reviews
This book is an introduction to historical linguistics - the study of language change over time. Written in an engaging style and illustrated with examples from a wide range of languages, the book covers the fundamental concepts of language change, methods for historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, sociolinguistic aspects of language change, language contact, the birth and death of languages, language and prehistory and the issue of very remote relations.
A minimal knowledge of linguistic concepts is needed and the book is suitable for students approaching the subject for the first time. The exercises will be particularly useful to teachers and students alike.
This is a major introduction to historical linguistics, designed for students who have no background in historical linguistics but who have at least some knowledge of phonetics, phonology, and morphology. The author introduces all major types of change, consequences of change (dialect and language families), and methods in historical linguistics. Later chapters deal with sociolinguistic aspects of change, language contact, birth and death of languages, language and prehistory, and finally the issue of very remote relations.
About the Author
Robert McColl Millar works at the University of Aberdeen where he is head of the undergraduate Language and Linguistics programme.
Table of Contents
1. The Fact of Language Change
2. Lexical and Semantic Change
3. Phonological Change I: Change in Pronunciation
4. Phonological Change II: Change in Phonological Systems
5. Morphological Change
6. Syntactic Change
7. Relatedness between Languages
8. The Comparative Method
9. Internal Reconstruction
10. The Origin and Propagation of Change
11. Contact and the Birth and Death of Languages
12. Language and Prehistory
13. Very Remote Relations
Appendix: The Swadesh 200-Word List
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