The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics provides a survey of the field covering the methods which underpin current work; models of language change; and the importance of historical linguistics for other subfields of linguistics and other disciplines.
Divided into five sections, the volume encompass a wide range of approaches and addresses issues in the following areas:
historical perspectives methods and models language change interfaces regional summaries Each of the thirty-two chapters is written by a specialist in the field and provides: a introduction to the subject; an analysis of the relationship between the diachronic and synchronic study of the topic; an overview of the main current and critical trends; and examples from primary data. The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students working in this area.
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Table of Contents Contributors Acknowledgements Editors' Introduction: Foundations of the new historical linguistics 1 Claire Bowern and Bethwyn Evans Part 1 Overviews Lineage and the constructive imagination: the birth of historical linguistics Roger Lass New perspectives in historical linguistics Paul Kiparsky Compositionality and change Nigel Vincent Part 2 Methods and models The Comparative Method Michael Weiss The Comparative Method: theoretical issues Mark Hale Trees, waves and linkages: models of language diversification Alexandre Francois Language phylogenies Michael Dunn Diachronic stability and typology Soren Wichmann Part 3 Language change The Sound change Andrew Garrett Phonological changes Silke Hamann Morphological change Stephen Anderson Morphological reconstruction Harold Koch Functional syntax and language change Zigmunt Frajzyngier Generative syntax and language change Elly van Gelderen Syntax and Syntactic reconstruction Johanna Barddal Lexical semantic change and semantic reconstruction Matthias Urban Formal semantics/pragmatics and language change Ashwini Deo Discourse Alexandra D'Arcy Etymology Robert Mailhammer Sign languages in their historical context Susan D. Fisher Language acquisition and language change James N. Stanford Social dimensions of language change Lev Michael Language use, cognitive processes and linguistic change Joan Bybee and Clayton Beckner Contact-induced language change Christopher Lucas Language attrition and language change Jane Simpson Part 4 Interfaces 27 Demographic correlates of language diversity Simon J. Greenhill 28 Historical linguistics and socio-cultural reconstruction Patience Epps 29 Prehistory through language and archaeology Paul Heggarty 30 Historical linguistics and molecular anthropology Brigitte Pakendorf Part 5 Regional Summaries Indo-European: methods and problems Benjamin W. Fortson IV Austronesian Ritsuko Kikusawa The Austro-Asiatic language phylum: a typology of phonological restructuring Paul Sidwell Pama-Nyungan Luisa Miceli The Pacific Northwest lingusitic area: historical perspectives Sarah G. Thomason
Claire Bowern is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. Her research focuses on the Indigenous languages of Australia, and is concerned with documentation/description and prehistory. Bethwyn Evans is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, but will take up a position as Research Fellow in Linguistics at the Australian National University in 2012. Her current research centres on issues of language history and contact with a focus on the languages of Melanesia.
Reviews for The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics
'...this volume represents a great introduction for anyone interested in historical linguistics, as well as in other connected disciplines such as history, archaeology, and molecular anthropology. Also, it represents a good starting point for research and an impressive testimony to the progress achieved in historical linguistics.' - Monica Vasileanu, Romanian Academy, Institute of Linguistics, The LINGUIST List