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The comparative method reviewed : regularity and irregularity in language change

Author: Mark Durie; Malcolm Ross
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©1996.
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Historical reconstruction of languages relies on the comparative method, which itself depends on the notion of the regularity of change. The regularity of sound change is the famous Neogrammarian Hypothesis: "sound change takes place according to laws that admit no exception." The comparative method, however, is not restricted to the consideration of sound change, and neither is the assumption of regularity.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Comparative method reviewed.
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©1996
(DLC) 94040954
(OCoLC)59119671
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Durie; Malcolm Ross
ISBN: 9780195362107 0195362101
OCLC Number: 435813201
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 321 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1 Introduction; 2 The Comparative Method as Heuristic; 3 On Sound Change and Challenges to Regularity; 4 Footnotes to a History of Cantonese: Accounting for the Phonological Irregularlties; 5 Early Germanic Umlaut and Variable Rules; 6 The Neogrammarian Hypothesis and Pandemic Irregularity; 7 Regularity of Change in What?; 8 Contact-Induced Change and the Comparative Method: Cases from Papua New Guinea; 9 Reconstruction in Morphology; 10 Natural Tendencies of Semantic Change and the Search for Cognates; Subject Index; Language Index; Name Index.
Responsibility: edited by Mark Durie, Malcolm Ross.

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Durie and Ross have drawn together previously unpublished papers by linguists engaged in historical reconstruction, on the subject of regularity and irregularity in the comparative method. A number  Read more...

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