1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics

Edited By Claire Bowern, Bethwyn Evans Copyright 2015
    776 Pages
    by Routledge

    776 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 28 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315794013.ch28



    Editors’ Introduction: Foundations of the new historical linguistics

    1 Claire Bowern and Bethwyn Evans

    Part 1 Overviews

    1. Lineage and the constructive imagination: the birth of historical linguistics
    2. Roger Lass

    3. New perspectives in historical linguistics
    4. Paul Kiparsky

    5. Compositionality and change
    6. Nigel Vincent

      Part 2 Methods and models

    7. The Comparative Method
    8. Michael Weiss

    9. The Comparative Method: theoretical issues
    10. Mark Hale

    11. Trees, waves and linkages: models of language diversification
    12. Alexandre François

    13. Language phylogenies
    14. Michael Dunn

    15. Diachronic stability and typology
    16. Søren Wichmann


      Part 3 Language change

    17. The Sound change
    18. Andrew Garrett

    19. Phonological changes
    20. Silke Hamann

    21. Morphological change
    22. Stephen Anderson

    23. Morphological reconstruction
    24. Harold Koch

    25. Functional syntax and language change
    26. Zigmunt Frajzyngier

    27. Generative syntax and language change
    28. Elly van Gelderen

    29. Syntax and Syntactic reconstruction
    30. Jóhanna Barðdal

    31. Lexical semantic change and semantic reconstruction
    32. Matthias Urban

    33. Formal semantics/pragmatics and language change
    34. Ashwini Deo

    35. Discourse
    36. Alexandra D’Arcy

    37. Etymology
    38. Robert Mailhammer

    39. Sign languages in their historical context
    40. Susan D. Fischer

    41. Language acquisition and language change
    42. James N. Stanford

    43. Social dimensions of language change
    44. Lev Michael

    45. Language use, cognitive processes and linguistic change
    46. Joan Bybee and Clayton Beckner

    47. Contact-induced language change
    48. Christopher Lucas

    49. Language attrition and language change

    Jane Simpson

    Part 4 Interfaces

    26 Demographic correlates of language diversity
    Simon J. Greenhill

    27 Historical linguistics and socio-cultural reconstruction
    Patience Epps

    28 Prehistory through language and archaeology
    Paul Heggarty

    29 Historical linguistics and molecular anthropology
    Brigitte Pakendorf

    Part 5 Regional Summaries

    30 Indo-European: methods and problems

    Benjamin W. Fortson IV

    31 The Austronesian language family

    Ritsuko Kikusawa

    32 The Austro-Asiatic language phylum: a typology of phonological restructuring

    Paul Sidwell

    33 Pama-Nyungan

    Luisa Miceli

    34 The Pacific Northwest lingusitic area: historical perspectives

    Sarah G. Thomason



    Claire Bowern, Bethwyn Evans

    '...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