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Historical Linguistics and Language Change by Roger Lass
Book DescriptionLanguage change happens in the spatio-temporal world. Historical linguistics is the craft linguists exercise upon its results, in order to tell coherent stories about it. In a series of linked essays Roger Lass offers a critical survey of the foundations of the art of historical linguistics, and its interaction with its subject matter, language change. He takes as his background some of the major philosophical issues which arise from these considerations, such as ontology, realism and conventionalism, and explanation. Along the way he poses such questions as: where does our data come from; how trustworthy is it; what is the empirical basis for the reconstructive techniques we standardly take as yielding facts; and how much does the historian create data rather than receiving it? The paradoxical conclusion is that our historiographical methods are often better than the data they have to work with.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521459242
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roger Lass
Old English Phonology, Paperback (February 2010)
A detailed study of Old English, taking as its point of departure the 'standard theory' of generative phonology as developed by Chomsky and Halle.
On Explaining Language Change, Paperback (July 2009)
Dr Lass argues that theoretical constructs of language change should be based more on philosophy than the physical sciences.
English Phonology and Phonological Theory, Paperback (June 2009)
Dr Lass examines certain crucial issues in phonological and general linguistic theory through detailed studies of English phonetics, dialectology and language-history.
Cambridge History of the English Language, Hardback (January 2000)» View all books by Roger Lass
This volume spans Middle English, Early Modern English and the early stages of modern language.
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