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English historical linguistics : approaches and perspectives

Author: Laurel J Brinton
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The generative approach, which took hold in the mid-twentieth century, shifted attention from the history of individual languages to the study of more abstract principles of language; initially its focus was rigidly synchronic. But by 1970, generativists began to turn their attention to language change, seeing it as the result of sudden changes or reanalyses (later understood as changes in parameter settings) and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurel J Brinton
ISBN: 9781107113640 1107113644 1107534216 9781107534216
OCLC Number: 1000297790
Notes: "Written by an international team of leading scholars, this engaging textbook on the study of English historical linguistics is uniquely organized in terms of theoretical approaches and perspectives. Each chapter features textboxes, case studies, suggestions for further reading and exercises, enabling students to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and guiding them on undertaking further research. The case studies and exercises guide students in approaching and manipulating empirical data, providing them with hands-on experience of conducting linguistic research. An extensive variety of approaches, from traditional to contemporary, is treated, including generative approaches, historical sociolinguistic and pragmatic approaches, psycholinguistic perspectives, grammaticalization theory, and discourse-based approaches, as well as perspectives on standardization and language variation. Each chapter applies the concepts discussed to data from the history of English, and a glossary of key terms enables easy navigation and quick cross-referencing. An essential resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of the history of English linguistics"--Provided by publisher.
Description: xxii, 410 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The study of English historical linguistics / Laurel J. Brinton --
2. The scope of English historical linguistics / Raymond Hickey --
3. Generative approaches / Cynthia L. Allen --
4. Psycholinguistic perspectives / Martin Hilpert --
5. Corpus-based approaches: watching English change / Marianne Hundt and Anne-Christine Gardner --
6. Approaches to grammaticalization and lexicalization / Lieselotte Brems and Sebastian Hoffmann --
7. Inferential-based approaches / María José López-Couso --
8. Discourse-based approaches / Claudia Claridge --
9. Sociohistorical approaches / Peter J. Grund --
10. Historical pragmatic approaches / Laurel J. Brinton --
11. Perspectives on standardization: from codification to prescriptivism / Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade --
12. Perspectives on geographical variation / Merja Stenroos --
13. Perspectives on language contact / Edgar W. Schneider.
Responsibility: edited by Laurel J. Brinton.

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