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:
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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'…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
Table of Contents
Editors’ Introduction: Foundations of the new historical linguistics
1 Claire Bowern and Bethwyn Evans
Part 1 Overviews
Part 2 Methods and models
Part 3 Language change
Elly van Gelderen
Susan D. Fisher
James N. Stanford
Joan Bybee and Clayton Beckner
Part 4 Interfaces
27 Demographic correlates of language diversity
Simon J. Greenhill
28 Historical linguistics and socio-cultural reconstruction
29 Prehistory through language and archaeology
30 Historical linguistics and molecular anthropology
Part 5 Regional Summaries
Benjamin W. Fortson IV
Sarah G. Thomason
Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics provide overviews of a whole subject area or sub-discipline in linguistics, and survey the state of the discipline including emerging and cutting edge areas. Edited by leading scholars, these volumes include contributions from key academics from around the world and are essential reading for both advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.