Language History

An introduction

| University of Wisconsin, Madison
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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.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 191]  2000.  xvi, 298 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction
1–17
Changes in Pronunciation
18–41
Sound Laws
42–72
Analogy
73–93
Semantic Change
94–134
Reconstruction
135–164
External Aspects of Language
165–185
The Interpretation of Written Records
186–207
Appendix: Phonetics - the mechanisms of speech and the classifications of speech sounds
209–237
Glossary
238–281
Glossary of Terms in German
282–286
Bibliography
287–292
Index
293–298
“[...] presents the basics in a concise and accessible fashion. It also makes enjoyable and edifying reading.”
“[...] students do need guidance, and this book would be a fine complement to a course in ancient languages.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  99049417