Linguistic Reconstruction: An Introduction to Theory and Method

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 372 pages
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How and why are languages constantly changing? Historical linguistics seeks to find out by going beyond the history of individual languages to discover the general principles which underlie language change. But our evidence is severely limited. Most of the world's languages are still unwritten, and even in areas with long written traditions, such as Europe and the Near East, documentary evidence stretches only a little way back along the path of the historical development of languages. How, then, can we uncover our long linguistic prehistory, and what can it tell us about language change? This new book, the first in the major new series, Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics, is an accessible general guide for students with an elementary knowledge of linguistics to the methods and theoretical bases of linguistic reconstruction. Fox provides a comprehensive survey both of orthodox techniques and of newer, less well established principles such as the application of linguistic universals and language typology, and quantitative techniques.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Basic Procedures
57
Comparative Reconstruction of Morphology Syntax
92
Issues in Comparative Reconstruction
122
Internal Reconstruction
145
Applications and Implications of Internal Reconstruction
185
Reconstructing Language Relationships
217
Language Typology and Linguistic Reconstruction
247
Quantitative Methods in Reconstruction
275
Reconstruction Culture and Society
303
57
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About the author (1995)

Anthony Fox is at University of Leeds.