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The rise and fall of languages

Author: Robert M W Dixon
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Professor Dixon challenges many of the views held by linguists, archaeologists and geneticists about the origins and development of human language, notably those concerning the usefulness of the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M W Dixon
ISBN: 0521623103 enc. 9780521623100 enc 0521626544 rúst. 9780521626545 rúst
OCLC Number: 433022142
Description: VI, 169 p. : il. ; 21 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Preliminaries; 3. Linguistic Areas and Diffusion; 4. The Family Tree Model; 5. Modes of change; 6. The Punctuated Equilibrium Model; 7. More on proto-languages; 8. Recent history; 9. Today's priorities; 10. Summary and prospects; Appendix - where the comparative method discovery procedure fails; References; Index.
Responsibility: R.M.W. Dixon.

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