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The Handbook of Historical Linguistics

The Handbook of Historical Linguistics

Brian Joseph (Editor), Richard Janda (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-75633-1

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

904 pages

$211.99

Description

The Handbook of Historical Linguistics provides a detailed account of the numerous issues, methods, and results that characterize current work in historical linguistics, the area of linguistics most directly concerned with language change as well as past language states.
  • Contains an extensive introduction that places the study of historical linguistics in its proper context within linguistics and the historical sciences in general
  • Covers the methodology of historical linguistics and presents sophisticated overviews of the principles governing phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic change
  • Includes contributions from the leading specialists in the field
Part I: Introduction:.

On Language, Change, and Language Change – Or, Of History, Linguistics, and Historical Linguistics: Richard D. Janda & Brian D. Joseph, both The Ohio State University.

Part II: Methods for Studying Language Change: .

1. The Comparative Method: Robert L. Rankin, University of Kansas.

2. On the Limits of the Comparative Method: S.P. Harrison, University of Western Australia.

3. Internal Reconstruction: Don Ringe, University of Pennsylvania.

4. How to Show Languages are Related: Methods for Distant Genetic Relationship: Lyle Campbell, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

5. Diversity and Stability in Language: Johanna Nichols, University of California, Berkeley.

Part III: Phonological Change:.

6. The Phonological Basis of Sound Change: Paul Kiparsky, Stanford University.

7. Neogrammarian Sound Change: Mark Hale, Concordia University.

8. Variationist Approaches to Phonological Change: Gregory R. Guy, York University.

9. “Phonologization” as the Start of Dephoneticization – Or, On Sound-Change and its Aftermath: Of Extension, Generalization, Lexicalization, and Morphologization: Richard D. Janda, The Ohio State University.

Part IV: Morphological and Lexical Change: .

10. Analogy: The Warp and Woof of Cognition: Raimo Anttila, University of California, Los Angeles.

11. Analogical Change: Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

12. Naturalness and Morphological Change: Wolfgang U. Dressler, Vienna University.

13. Morphologization from Syntax: Brian D. Joseph, The Ohio State University.

Part V: Syntactic Change: .

14. Grammatical Approaches to Syntactic Change: David Lightfoot, Georgetown University.

15. Variationist Approaches to Syntactic Change: Susan Pintzuk, University of York.

16. Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Syntactic Change: Alice C. Harris, Vanderbilt University.

17. Functional Perspectives on Syntactic Change: Marianne Mithun, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Part VI: Pragmatico-Semantic Change:.

18. Grammaticalization: Bernd Heine, University of Cologne.

19. Mechanisms of Change in Grammaticization: The Role of Frequency: Joan Bybee, University of New Mexico.

20. Constructions in Grammaticalization: Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University.

21. An Approach to Semantic Change: Benjamin W. Fortson, IV.

Part VII: Explaining Linguistic Change:.

22. Phonetics and Historical Phonology: John J. Ohala, University of California, Berkeley.

23. Contact as a Source of Language Change: Sarah Grey Thomason, University of Pittsburgh.

24. Dialectology and Linguistic Diffusion: Walt Wolfram & Natalie Schilling-Estes, North Carolina State University and Georgetown University.

25. Psycholinguistic Perspectives on Linguistic Change: Jean Aitchison, University of Oxford.

Bibliography.

Subject Index.

Name Index.

Language Index.

"The Handbook of Historical Linguistics proves an atypical handbook in several positive senses, beginning with the introduction's bold tackling of foundational issues. While many chapters offer the expected compact overviews of familiar topics, others are, we hope, destined to become influential as needed lucid statements on particular issues... and thought-provoking, original contributions... The value of The Handbook of Historical Linguistics is multifaceted; its influence will be far-reaching and long-lasting." Journal of Linguistics

"This volume restores the field of general historical linguistics to its rightful place as an equal partner to synchronic linguistics. The editors have assembled a remarkable array of contributors who can introduce readers to the professional standards of scholarship and scientific reasoning that characterize the field." William Labov, University of Pennsylvania

"An authoritative collection, by a stellar group of contributors, that presents historical linguistics as it really is – a multifaceted study that is both a branch of general linguistics and a field in its own right. No other survey covers the territory half so well." Jay Jasanoff, Harvard University


  • Provides a comprehensive and current account of the numerous issues, methods, and results that characterize historical linguistics.
  • Contains an extensive introduction that places the study of historical linguistics in its proper context within linguistics and the historical sciences in general.
  • Covers the methodology of historical linguistics and presents sophisticated overviews of the principles governing phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic change.
  • Includes contributions from the leading specialists in the field.