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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780340927656
Author:
Millar, Robert Mccoll, Dr
Publisher:
Hodder Arnold
Revised by:
Millar, Robert McColl
Revised:
Millar, Robert McColl
Author:
Millar, Robert McColl
Author:
Millar, Robert McColl, Dr
Author:
null, Robert
Author:
McColl, Robert
Author:
McColl Millar, Robert
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Comparative linguistics
Subject:
Historical linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics | Literary Stylistics
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.15x6.40x.87 in. 1.96 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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