Historical Linguistics: Theory and Method

  • Publish Date: 2007-02-05
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: 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.


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