Language History: An introduction

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John Benjamins Publishing, Feb 15, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 298 pages
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This classroom-tested volume aspires to be a brief but technically and factually accurate exposition of linguistic description and history. Whether studied as prime subject or as background information, it should help students understand the assumptions and reasoning that underlie the contents of their handbooks and etymological dictionaries.
This book should be a useful guide for anyone unfamiliar with (historical) linguistics who is studying the history of a language, and also for those who are enrolled in courses devoted to reading texts in old languages.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHANGES IN PRONUNCIATION
18
SOUND LAWS
42
ANALOGY
73
SEMANTIC CHANGE
94
RECONSTRUCTION
135
EXTERNAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE CHANGE
165
WRITTEN RECORDS
186
PHONETICS
209
GLOSSARY
238
GLOSSARY OF LINGUISTIC TERMSIN GERMAN
282
BIBLIOGRAPHY
287
SUBJECT INDEX
293
INDEX OF LANGUAGES CITED
297
A NOTE ON THE TYPE
299
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