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Historical & comparative linguistics books

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The Languages of Scandinavia Seven Sisters of the North by Ruth H. Sanders The Languages of Scandinavia Seven Sisters of the North

From fjords to mountains, schools of herring to herds of reindeer, Scandinavia is rich in astonishing natural beauty. Less well known, however, is that it is also rich in languages. Home to seven languages, Scandinavia has traditionally been understood as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2017

Nature, Metaphor, Culture Cultural Conceptualisations in Hungarian Folksongs by Judit Baranyine Koczy Nature, Metaphor, Culture Cultural Conceptualisations in Hungarian Folksongs

This book analyses the emotional message of Hungarian folksongs from a Cultural Linguistic perspective, employing a wide range of empirical devices. It combines theoretical notions with analytical devices and has a multidisciplinary essence: it relies on the latest Cultural Linguistic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

May We Borrow Your Language? How English Steals Words From All Over the World by Philip Gooden May We Borrow Your Language? How English Steals Words From All Over the World

A richly entertaining exploration of the origins of the words that English has borrowed from other languages over its 1500-year history.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Inheritance and Innovation in a Colonial Language Towards a Usage-Based Account of French Guianese Creole by William Jennings, Stefan Pfander Inheritance and Innovation in a Colonial Language Towards a Usage-Based Account of French Guianese Creole
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This book takes a fresh approach to analysing how new languages are created, combining in-depth colonial history and empirical, usage-based linguistics.
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2017

Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language Pedagogy in Practice by Mary Hayes Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language Pedagogy in Practice

-First Edition published in Paperback 2001.-
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research by Clifton Pye The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research

The Mayan family of languages is ancient and unique. With their distinctive relational nouns, positionals, and complex grammatical voices, they are quite alien to English and have never been shown to be genetically related to other New World tongues. These...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language Pedagogy in Practice by Mary Hayes Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language Pedagogy in Practice

-First Edition published in Paperback 2001.-
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research by Clifton Pye The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research

The Mayan family of languages is ancient and unique. With their distinctive relational nouns, positionals, and complex grammatical voices, they are quite alien to English and have never been shown to be genetically related to other New World tongues. These...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

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Chinese Script History, Characters, Calligraphy by Thomas O. Hollmann Chinese Script History, Characters, Calligraphy

In this brisk and accessible history, sinologist Thomas O. Hollmann explains the development of the Chinese writing system and its importance in literature, religion, art, and other aspects of culture. Spanning the earliest epigraphs and oracle bones to writing and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Chinese Script History, Characters, Calligraphy by Thomas O. Hollmann Chinese Script History, Characters, Calligraphy

In this brisk and accessible history, sinologist Thomas O. Hollmann explains the development of the Chinese writing system and its importance in literature, religion, art, and other aspects of culture. Spanning the earliest epigraphs and oracle bones to writing and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

A Brief History of the Verb To Be by Andrea Moro A Brief History of the Verb To Be

Beginning with the early works of Aristotle, the interpretation of the verb to be runs through Western linguistic thought like Ariadne's thread. As it unravels, it becomes intertwined with philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and even with mathematics -- so much so...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

The Accidental Dictionary The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words by Paul Anthony Jones The Accidental Dictionary The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words


Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017

Quantitative Historical Linguistics A Corpus Framework by Gard B. Jenset Quantitative Historical Linguistics A Corpus Framework

This book outlines a new framework for quantitatively assessing models and hypotheses in historical linguistics. It offers an in-depth explanation and discussion of the benefits of working with quantitative methods, corpus data, and corpus annotation, and the advantages of open...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming by Carole (Professor of Onomastics, University of Glasgow) Hough The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming
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This handbook offers an up-to-date account of the state of the art in different areas of onomastics, in a format that is both useful for specialists and accessible to the general reader. International experts examine name theory, place and personal...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/11/2017

The Linguistics of Spoken Communication in Early Modern English Writing Exploring Bess of Hardwick's Manuscript Letters by Imogen Marcus The Linguistics of Spoken Communication in Early Modern English Writing Exploring Bess of Hardwick's Manuscript Letters

This book uses a corpus of manuscript letters from Bess of Hardwick to investigate how linguistic features characteristic of spoken communication function within early modern epistolary prose. Using these letters as a primary data source with reference to other epistolary...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/11/2017

Other books in this genre

Historical Spoken Language Research Corpus Perspectives by Ivor Timmis Historical Spoken Language Research Corpus Perspectives

Historical Research on Spoken Language: Corpus Perspectives uses historical sources to discuss continuity and change in spoken language. Based on two corpora compiled using data from sociological and anthropological studies of Victorian London and 1930s Bolton, the author shows how...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/08/2017

Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context Eight hundred years of LIKE by Alexandra (University of Victoria) D'Arcy Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context Eight hundred years of LIKE

Like is a ubiquitous feature of English with a deep history in the language, exhibiting regular and constrained variable grammars over time. This volume explores the various contexts of like, each of which contributes to the reality of contemporary vernaculars:...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Space in Diachrony by Silvia (University of Pavia) Luraghi Space in Diachrony

Space is a fundamental dimension of human life and is pervasive in human experience. Research on space has highlighted the possible asymmetrical nature of spatial relations. Differences in the encoding of goals and sources of motion are a case in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2017

Africa's Endangered Languages Documentary and Theoretical Approaches by Jason (Associate Professor of Linguistics, The Graduate Center, City University of New York) Kandybowicz Africa's Endangered Languages Documentary and Theoretical Approaches
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This book examines the endangered languages of Africa from both documentary and theoretical perspectives, highlighting the threats of extinction many of them face and the challenges and implications each bring to bear on linguistic theory. It focuses on the symbiosis...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/08/2017

Language Contact in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas In honor of John V. Singler by Cecelia A. Cutler Language Contact in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas In honor of John V. Singler

Language Contact in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas brings together the original research of nineteen leading scholars on language contact and pidgin/creole genesis. In recent decades, increasing attention has been paid to the role of historical, cultural...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

Diachronic Developments in English News Discourse by Minna (University of Helsinki) Palander-Collin Diachronic Developments in English News Discourse

The history of English news discourse is characterised by intriguing multilevel developments, and the present cannot be separated from them. For example, audience engagement is by no means an invention of the digital age. This collection highlights major topics that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic by Don Ringe From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic

This book describes the earliest reconstructable stages of the prehistory of English, drawing on work in Hittite, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Slavic, Gothic, and Old Norse. This second edition has been significantly revised to include new developments in the field and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017

Formulaicity and Creativity in Language and Literature by Martin A. Kayman Formulaicity and Creativity in Language and Literature

Formulaicity is pervasive in both spoken and written language. Speakers use a huge amount of prefabricated language including collocations, idioms, fixed and semi-fixed expressions, and verbal creativity often involves combining established word sequences rather than inventing wholly new ones. In...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/07/2017

Binomials in the History of English Fixed and Flexible by Joanna (University of Edinburgh) Kopaczyk Binomials in the History of English Fixed and Flexible

This book places binomials - word pairs - in the context of phonology, stylistics, semantics, translation theory and practice in various periods.
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2017

An Inquiry into Local Variations in Vulgar Latin As Reflected in the Vocalism of Christian Inscriptions by Paul A. Gaeng An Inquiry into Local Variations in Vulgar Latin As Reflected in the Vocalism of Christian Inscriptions

This study is an attempt to furnish data for our knowledge of Vulgar Latin culled from the vocalism of Latin Christian inscriptions, particularly of the funeral type, found in those areas of the Western Roman world where Romance speech developed,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2017

The English Language Structure and Development by S.S. Hussey The English Language Structure and Development

The 'correct' use of English has been the subject of vigorous debate in recent years. But what defines 'correctness' in our use of language? And how has this altered over time? In this authoritative survey of the history of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/06/2017

Pidgin and Creole Languages by Suzanne Romaine Pidgin and Creole Languages

This book defines and describes the linguistic features of these languages and considers the dynamic developments that bring them into being and lead to changes in their structure.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/06/2017

A History of American English by J. L. Dillard A History of American English

This impressive volume provides a chronological, narrative account of the development of American English from its earliest origins to the present day.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/06/2017

Linguistics Past, Present & Future Perspectives by Harry Barnes Linguistics Past, Present & Future Perspectives


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

Linguistic Ecology and Language Contact by Ralph (Martin Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenburg, Germany) Ludwig Linguistic Ecology and Language Contact
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This book revisits and updates the concept of linguistic ecology, outlining applications to a variety of contact situations worldwide.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/05/2017

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