Historical Linguistics: Theory and Method


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By: Mark Hale

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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.

Product Details

Paperback: 284 pages

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing (2007-02-05)

Dimensions (H L W): 79 x 953 x 669

ISBN: 0631196625

EAN: 9780631196624