The Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics

The Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics

Book - 2000
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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Types of entries are as follows: terminology of classical historical linguistics, techniques of comparison and reconstruction, laws and processes, terms from dialectology, processes of word-formation, philological terms, sociolinguistic terms, language contact and convergence phenomena, language families, isolated or important or unique language names (Yuchi, Basque, French), Latinates, population typology (e.g. accretion zone ), mathematical and computational methods (e.g. Oswalt shift test ), and grammaticalization (e.g. emergent grammar ). An interesting entry is the Zulu linguistic term hlonipha , "A word used as a polite replacement for a taboo word...such as heck for hell ." This dictionary would have greatly benefited from a thematic index with entries grouped according to the above categories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2000
ISBN: 9781579582180
Characteristics: viii, 403 p. ; 24 cm


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