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Language change : progress or decay?

Author: Jean Aitchison
Publisher: Cambridge [GB] : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Series: Cambridge approaches to linguistics
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This book attempts to answer such questions by giving a lucid and up-to-date overview of language change.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Aitchison
ISBN: 0521411017 9780521411011
OCLC Number: 468432856
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 237-251. Index.
Description: XI-258 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Part I. Preliminaries: 1. The ever-whirling wheel; 2. Collecting up clues; 3. Charting the changes; Part II. Transition: 4. Spreading the word; 5. Conflicting loyalties; 6. Catching on and taking off; 7. Caught in the web; Part III. Causation: 8. The reason why; 9. Doing what comes naturally; 10. Repairing the patterns; 11. The Mad Hatter's Tea-Party; Part IV. Beginnings and Endings: 12. Development and breakdown; 13. Language birth; 14. Language death; 15. Progress or decay?
Series Title: Cambridge approaches to linguistics
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