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
- 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 available for free in PDF format as Open Access at www.tandfebooks.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
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
- New perspectives in historical linguistics
- Compositionality and change
- The Comparative Method
- The Comparative Method: theoretical issues
- Trees, waves and linkages: models of language diversification
- Language phylogenies
- Diachronic stability and typology
- The Sound change
- Phonological changes
- Morphological change
- Morphological reconstruction
- Functional syntax and language change
- Generative syntax and language change
- Syntax and Syntactic reconstruction
- Lexical semantic change and semantic reconstruction
- Formal semantics/pragmatics and language change
- Sign languages in their historical context
- Language acquisition and language change
- Social dimensions of language change
- Language use, cognitive processes and linguistic change
- Contact-induced language change
- Language attrition and language change
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
- Indo-European: methods and problems
- The Austro-Asiatic language phylum: a typology of phonological restructuring
- The Pacific Northwest lingusitic area: historical perspectives
Benjamin W. Fortson IV
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.
"This new handbook by Routledge testifies that historical linguistics is a vibrant field. The editors have given full scope to many exciting new methodologies, perspectives and interfaces, contextualising them by means of an excellent introduction and by background chapters on the history and the future of the field. The book is a state of the art representation of the field for historical linguists, and for graduate and advanced undergraduate students."
Ans van Kemenade, Radboud University, The Netherlands
"This book offers wonderful breadth and depth - comprising very different perspectives on core elements of traditional work on language change (including its nineteenth-century foundations) and on modern lines of research, building from new work linking language change with other areas. I look forward to teaching a research-oriented course based on this treasure."
David Lightfoot, University of Georgetown, USA
"...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