Historical Linguistics: An Introduction (MIT Press)

Historical Linguistics: An Introduction (MIT Press)


This obtainable, hands-on textbook not just introduces scholars to the real themes in historic linguistics but additionally exhibits them how you can observe the equipment defined and the way to contemplate the problems. considerable examples and workouts let scholars to target find out how to do historic linguistics. The publication is specific for its integration of the traditional issues with others now thought of vital to the sector, together with syntactic swap, grammaticalization, sociolinguistic contributions to linguistic swap, far away genetic relationships, areal linguistics, and linguistic prehistory. It additionally deals a safeguard of the genealogy version, a reaction to contemporary claims on lexical diffusion/frequency, and a piece on why languages diversify and unfold. Examples are taken from a huge diversity of languages; these from the extra widely used English, French, German, and Spanish make the subjects extra obtainable, whereas these from non-Indo-European languages convey the intensity and variety of the recommendations they illustrate.

This 3rd version contains new fabric in accordance with the most recent advancements within the box, elevated insurance of computational ways, and extra workouts. the various chapters were revised or improved, with new insurance of such themes as morphological swap, language households, language isolates, language variety, the Romani migration case, and misconceptions in contemporary paintings approximately historic linguistics. New for this version is a downloadable instructor's guide with solutions to exercises.

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