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The comparative method reviewed : regularity and irregularity in language change

Author: Mark Durie; Malcolm Ross
Publisher: New York : 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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Durie; Malcolm Ross
ISBN: 0195066073 9780195066074
OCLC Number: 31517888
Description: vi, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction / Malcolm Ross and Mark Durie --
2. The Comparative Method as Heuristic / Johanna Nichols --
3. On Sound Change and Challenges to Regularity / Lyle Campbell --
4. Footnotes to a History of Cantonese: Accounting for the Phonological Irregularities / John Newman --
5. Early Germanic Umlaut and Variable Rules / Mark Durie --
6. The Neogrammarian Hypothesis and Pandemic Irregularity / Robert Blust --
7. Regularity of Change in What? / George Grace --
8. Contact-Induced Change and the Comparative Method: Cases from Papua New Guinea / Malcolm Ross --
9. Reconstruction in Morphology / Harold Koch --
10. Natural Tendencies of Semantic Change and the Search for Cognates / David Wilkins.
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Durie and Ross have drawn together previously unpublished papers by linguists engaged in historical reconstruction, on the subject of regularity and irregularity in the comparative method.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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