An Introduction to Historical Linguistics

An Introduction to Historical Linguistics All languages change just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics the study of language change

  • Title: An Introduction to Historical Linguistics
  • Author: Terry Crowley
  • ISBN: 9780195583786
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • All languages change, just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics the study of language change over time It covers all the major areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in a clear and concise way While examples are given from a wide range of languages,All languages change, just as other aspects of human society are constantly changing This book is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of diachronic linguistics the study of language change over time It covers all the major areas of historical linguistics, presenting concepts in a clear and concise way While examples are given from a wide range of languages, most major concepts and techniques are illustrated by material drawn from the languages of Australia and the Pacific The needs of undergraduate students of linguistics have been kept firmly in mind, but the book will also be of interest to the general reader seeking to understand language and language change This third edition includes a number of rewritten and supplemented sections and new material on grammaticalization, ergativity and accusativity, language diversification, palaeolinguistics, and morphological evolution.

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    About “Terry Crowley

    • Terry Crowley

      Terry Crowley 1953 2005 was a linguist specializing in Oceanic languages as well as Bislama, the English lexified Creole recognized as a national language in Vanuatu From 1991 till his death he was a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand Previously, he was with the Pacific Languages Unit of the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu 1983 90 and with the Department of Language and Literature at the University of Papua New Guinea 1979 83.

    183 thoughts on “An Introduction to Historical Linguistics

    • While I haven't been able to read this, yet, I had to share an interesting sight (the link takes you to a Google Maps Streetview) I noticed while out and about earlier today. This is on the side of a building near Portland State University -- I suspect part of the building might have once been the campus bookstore.


    • I have read the two editions for the same textbook (i.e 3rd and 4th). However, I will review the fourth edition since it has covered many areas in comparison with the third edition. I should note that Terry Crowley is the only author of the third edition, while both Terry Crowley and Clair Bowern are the authors of the fourth edition.Contents:Chapter 1: IntroductionThe first chapter introduces the reader to the nature of linguistic relationships, and to the ideas of langue and parole by Ferdinan [...]


    • The book that has completely changed my life/ career. Because of spending the summer of 2007 reading it over & over again, I fell in love with linguistics & I am now a PhD candidate in applied linguistics & about to defend my thesis !


    • Reading notes3.5 stars—rounding up. This was an enjoyable primer on historical linguistics. It presumes no more than a basic knowledge of morphology and phonology. Concepts covered include phonological, phonetic, grammatical, semantic and lexical change, the comparative method, the family tree model, the wave model, lexicostatistics / glottochronology, language contact, language death, and relevant modern controversies in historical linguistics. Each chapter features extensive examples for eac [...]


    • I don't think I'm good enough at historical linguistics. But this book is really good. It's really easy to understand, I think, even for those who has no linguistic background. The explanation is really clear, and the writer (either Crowley or Bowern) seemed to be 'a great story teller of linguistics' who can make people understand easily anything he/she said (even though this is not a 'light topic', even in the area of linguistics). The exercises are good. My favourite chapter is the one about [...]


    • This is a textbook that doesn't read like one, which is a good thing. It's still not really reading for laypeople (unless you've already got some background knowledge on the subject), but it's much more well-written than most textbooks. My only problem with it was that I wish it had included some more Indo-European data; I know Indo-European languages have been studied to death, but since descendants of PIE are spoken by readers of this book, examples are sometimes easier to connect with, since [...]


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