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Description - Language Change by Joan L. Bybee

How and why do languages change? This new introduction offers a guide to the types of change at all levels of linguistic structure, as well as the mechanisms behind each type. Based on data from a variety of methods and a huge array of language families, it examines general patterns of change, bringing together recent findings on sound change, analogical change, grammaticalization, the creation and change of constructions, as well as lexical change. Emphasizing crosslinguistic patterns and going well beyond traditional methods in historical linguistics, this book sees change as grounded in cognitive processes and usage factors that are rarely mentioned in other textbooks. Complete with questions for discussion, suggested readings and a useful glossary of terms, this book helps students to gain a general understanding of language as an ever-changing system.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781107020160
ISBN-10: 1107020166
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 170mm x 19mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joan L. Bybee

Joan Bybee is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico.

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