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This book is about history and the practical power of language to reveal historical change. Christopher Ehret offers a methodological guide to applying language evidence in historical studies. He demonstrates how these methods allow us not only to recover the histories of time periods and places poorly served by written documentation, but also to enrich our understanding of well-documented regions and eras. A leading historian as well as historical linguist of Africa, Ehret provides in-depth examples from the language phyla of Africa, arguing that his comprehensive treatment can be applied by linguistically trained historians and historical linguists working with any language and in any area of the world.

Synopsis:

This book is about history and the practical power of language to reveal historical change. Christopher Ehret offers a methodological guide to applying language evidence in historical studies. He demonstrates how these methods allow us not only to recover the histories of time periods and places poorly served by written documentation, but also to enrich our understanding of well-documented regions and eras. A leading historian as well as historical linguist of Africa, Ehret provides in-depth examples from the language phyla of Africa, arguing that his comprehensive treatment can be applied by linguistically trained historians and historical linguists working with any language and in any area of the world.

About the Author

Christopher Ehret is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of many books, including Reconstructing Proto-Afroasiatic (UC Press), An African Classical Age, and, most recently, The Civilizations of Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

PART ONE. EVIDENCE AND METHOD

1. Methods and Myths

2. Writing History from Linguistic Evidence

3. Historical Inference from Transformations in the Vocabularies of Culture

4. Historical Inference from Word Borrowing

5. Linguistic Dating

PART TWO. APPLICATIONS

6. History in the Sahara: Society and Economy in the Early Holocene

7. Social Transformation in the Horn of Africa, 500 BCE to 500 CE

8. Recovering the History of Extinct Societies: A Case Study from East Africa

9. Cultural Diffusion in the Atlantic

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520262041
Author:
Ehret, Christopher
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
African languages - History
Subject:
Language and culture - Africa
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
California World History Library
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 line illustrations, 5 maps, 33 tables
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in
Age Level:
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Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » Historical and Comparative
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Historiography

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"Synopsis" by , This book is about history and the practical power of language to reveal historical change. Christopher Ehret offers a methodological guide to applying language evidence in historical studies. He demonstrates how these methods allow us not only to recover the histories of time periods and places poorly served by written documentation, but also to enrich our understanding of well-documented regions and eras. A leading historian as well as historical linguist of Africa, Ehret provides in-depth examples from the language phyla of Africa, arguing that his comprehensive treatment can be applied by linguistically trained historians and historical linguists working with any language and in any area of the world.
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