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Historical Linguistics: A Theoretical Introduction (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics)

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Publisher Comments:

This book goes beyond the boundaries of a standard text, using controversial and compelling ideas to explore the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics.

  • An original and engaging introduction to the subject of historical linguistics

  • Presents controversial but compelling ideas in developing a clear understanding as to why historical linguistics has had significant success in some domains, such as phonological history, and why it is considerably less successful in others

  • Explores the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics, topics such as 'language' and 'change', and corresponding notions in contemporary (synchronic) linguistic theory

  • Features extensive discussion of traditional and theoretically-oriented historical work in the domains of phonology and syntax.

Book News Annotation:

Hale (linguistics, Concordia U., Montreal) presents a textbook for students who have been exposed to the basic methods and practices of historical linguistics--sound change and construction problems, issues in subgrouping, and so on--as well as the basics of modern theoretical linguistics; that is, who have taken an introduction to linguistics course. He include two warnings: it is written in a colloquial style that may chafe academic purists; almost no one agrees with most of what he says, and instructors using it for a course should be prepared to deal with some pretty controversial ideas. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book goes beyond the boundaries of a standard text, using controversial and compelling ideas to explore the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics.

Synopsis:

Historical Linguistics explores the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics, such as language change, and the corresponding ideas in contemporary (synchronic) linguistic theory. Going beyond the boundaries of a standard text, this volume presents the reader with controversial but compelling ideas, developing a firm foundation and a clear understanding as to why historical linguistics has had significant success in some domains, such as phonological change, and been considerably less successful in other, like diachronic syntax. This book is designed for students and scholars with an interest in historical linguistics, especially in the relationship between diachronic and synchronic work in contemporary linguistics.

About the Author

Mark Hale is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Concordia University, Montreal. His research centers on the relationship between contemporary theoretical linguistics and traditional historical linguistic methodology.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: “Language” and “Language Change”: Preliminaries.

1. What is “Language”?.

2. Linguistic Artifacts: Philology.

3. What is a “Descent” Relationship?.

Part II: Phonological Change.

4. Galilean-Style Phonology.

5. The Traditional Approach.

6. In-Depth Consideration of Selected Issues.

7. The Regularity of Sound Change.

Part III: Syntactic Change.

8. What is Syntactic Change?.

9. The Diachrony of Clitics: Phonology and Syntax.

Part IV: Reconstruction Methodology.

10. Reconstruction Methodology.

Part V: Concluding Remarks.

11. Synchronic and Diachronic Linguistics.

References.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631196617
Author:
Hale, Mark
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Historical linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Theoretical Linguistics
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
9.74x7.12x.85 in. 1.42 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » English Linguistics and Dialects
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
History and Social Science » Politics » General
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , This book goes beyond the boundaries of a standard text, using controversial and compelling ideas to explore the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics.
"Synopsis" by , Historical Linguistics explores the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics, such as language change, and the corresponding ideas in contemporary (synchronic) linguistic theory. Going beyond the boundaries of a standard text, this volume presents the reader with controversial but compelling ideas, developing a firm foundation and a clear understanding as to why historical linguistics has had significant success in some domains, such as phonological change, and been considerably less successful in other, like diachronic syntax. This book is designed for students and scholars with an interest in historical linguistics, especially in the relationship between diachronic and synchronic work in contemporary linguistics.
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