Trask's Historical Linguistics

Author: Robert McColl Millar

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 412

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Trask’s Historical Linguistics, Third Edition, is an accessible introduction to historical linguistics – the study of language change over time. This engaging book is illustrated with language examples from all six continents, and covers the fundamental concepts of language change, methods for historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, sociolinguistic aspects of language change, language contact, the birth and death of languages, language and prehistory and the issue of very remote relations. This third edition of the renowned Trask’s Historical Linguistics is fully revised and updated and covers the most recent developments in historical linguistics, including: more detail on morphological change including cutting-edge discussions of iconization coverage of recent developments in sociolinguistic explanations of variation and change new case studies focusing on Germanic languages and American and New Zealand English, and updated exercises covering each of the topics within the book a brand new companion website featuring material for both professors and students, including discussion questions and further exercises as well as commentaries on the exercises within the book. Trask’s Historical Linguistics is essential reading for all students of language, linguistics and related disciplines. The accompanying website can be found at

Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics

Author: Trask R. L. Trask

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press



Page: 384

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Historical and comparative linguistics has been a major scholarly discipline for 200 years, and yet this is the first dictionary ever devoted to it. With nearly 2400 entries, this dictionary covers every aspect of the subject, from the most venerable work to the exciting advances of the last few years, many of which have not even made it into textbooks yet.All of the traditional terms are here, but so are the terms only introduced recently, in connection with such varied subjects as pidgin and creole languages, the sociolinguistic study of language change, mathematical and computational methods, the novel approaches to linguistic geography, the controversial proposals of new and vast language families, and the attempts at relating the results of the historical linguists to those of the archaeologists, the anthropologists and the geneticists.More than just a dictionary, this book provides genuine linguistic examples of most of the terms entered, detailed explanations of fundamental concepts, critical assessment of controversial ideas, cross-references to related terms, and an abundance of references to the original literature.Features:*The first dictionary in the field.*Comprehensive coverage.*Clearly written and accurate entries.*Covers traditional and contemporary terminology.*Provides linguistic examples of terms defined.*Supplies numerous cross-references to related terms.*Includes hundreds of references to the original literature.

Why Do Languages Change?

Author: Larry Trask

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

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Packed with fascinating examples, this entertaining book explores changes in the English language over time.

Historical Linguistics

Author: Robert Lawrence Trask

Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers


Category: Comparative linguistics

Page: 430

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This is a major new introduction to historical linguistics, designed for students who have no background in historical linguistics but who have at least some knowledge of phonetics, phonology and morphology.

Language and Linguistics: The Key Concepts

Author: R.L. Trask

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Language and Linguistics

The Key Concepts

Author: Robert Lawrence Trask

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 367

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The fully updated second edition of this critical work includes a new introduction, a wide range of new entries and added specialised further reading for lecturers and more advanced students.

The History of Basque

Author: R. L. Trask

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 480

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Basque is the sole survivor of the very ancient languages of Western Europe. This book, written by an internationally renowned specialist in Basque, provides a comprehensive survey of all that is known about the prehistory of the language, including pronunciation, the grammar and the vocabulary. It also provides a long critical evaluation of the search for its relatives, as well as a thumbnail sketch of the language, a summary of its typological features, an external history and an extensive bibliography.

An Introduction to Historical Linguistics

Author: Terry Crowley

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 376

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The new edition of this popular introductory text on historical linguistics covers all areas of language change, with a focus on Australia and the Pacific. Topics include sound change, the comparative method, cultural reconstruction and morphological and syntactic change.