Historical Linguistics: An Introduction

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 338 pages
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Historical Linguistics provides a comprehensive and clearly written introduction to historical linguistic theory and methods. Since its first publication in 1962 the book has established itself as core reading for students of linguistics. This edition has been thoroughly revised. Drawing on recent linguistic and archaeological research Professor Lehmann incorporates key developments in the field. These include exciting advances in the history and development of writing: and in typological classification which allows better understanding of the structure of early languages. Well-illustrated with Indo-European examples, and supplementary exercises which draw on data from other language families as well, the book will enable students to carry out independent work in historical studies on any language family, as well as up-to-date work in Indo-European.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The background of historical linguistic study
23
The use of written records
46
Genealogical classification
65
Typological classification
96
Linguistic communities
114
The comparative method
141
The method of internal reconstruction
162
Morphological change
219
Syntactic change
237
Semantic change and changes in the lexicon
254
Interrelationships among changes
279
Linguistic and cultural change
294
Conclusion
308
References
320
Index
328

Glottochronology
175
Sound change change in phonological systems
183

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