Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics (Google eBook)
Walter de Gruyter, Aug 17, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 605 pages
Why does language change? Why can we speak to and understand our parents but have trouble reading Shakespeare? Why is Chaucer's English of the fourteenth century so different from Modern English of the late twentieth century that the two are essentially different languages? Why are Americans and English 'one people divided by a common language'? And how can the language of Chaucer and Modern English - or Modern British and American English - still be called the same language? The present book provides answers to questions like these in a straightforward way, aimed at the non-specialist, with ample illustrations from both familiar and more exotic languages.
Most chapters in this new edition have been reworked, with some difficult passages removed, other passages thoroughly rewritten, and several new sections added, e.g. on language and race and on Indian writing systems. Further, the chapter notes and bibliography have all been updated.
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Chapter 12 Language spread link languages and bilingualism
Dialectology beyond languageboundaries
Chapter 14 Pidgins creoles and related forms of language
Chapter 15 Language death
Establishing language relationship
The question of longdistance genetic relationships
Linguistic paleontology and other applications of our methods
Chapter notes and suggested readings
The study of words
Chapter 10 Language dialect and standard
Chapter 11 Dialect geography and dialectology