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.
"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
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- Provides a comprehensive and current account of the numerous issues, methods, and results that characterize historical linguistics.
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- Covers the methodology of historical linguistics and presents sophisticated overviews of the principles governing phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic change.
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