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Language Change By Jean Aitchison (Worcester College, Oxford)

Language Change
by Jean Aitchison (Worcester College, Oxford)

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Why do people sometimes leave off the ends of words when they speak? Is it sloppiness, progress, or inevitable erosion? This book attempts to answer such questions by giving a lucid and up-to-date overview of language change.
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Language Change: Progress or Decay? by Jean Aitchison (Worcester College, Oxford)

Why do people sometimes leave off the ends of words when they speak? Is it sloppiness, progress, or inevitable erosion? This book attempts to answer such questions by giving a lucid and up-to-date overview of language change. It discusses where our evidence about language change comes from, how and why changes happen, and how and why languages begin and end. It considers not only changes which occurred many years ago, but also those currently in progress. It does this within the framework of one central question - is language change a symptom of progress or decay? It concludes that language is neither progressing nor decaying, but that an understanding of the factors causing change is essential for anyone involved with language alteration. For this substantially revised and enlarged second edition Jean Aitchison has included details of recent research on a number of key topics, and also discusses data from a wider variety of languages: but the work remains non-technical in style and accessible to the reader with no previous knowledge of linguistics.

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Table of Contents


Part I. Preliminaries: 1. The ever-whirling wheel; 2. Collecting up clues; 3. Charting the changes; Part II. Transition: 4. Spreading the word; 5. Conflicting loyalties; 6. Catching on and taking off; 7. Caught in the web; Part III. Causation: 8. The reason why; 9. Doing what comes naturally; 10. Repairing the patterns; 11. The Mad Hatter's Tea-Party; Part IV. Beginnings and Endings: 12. Development and breakdown; 13. Language birth; 14. Language death; 15. Progress or decay?

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Language Change: Progress or Decay? by Jean Aitchison (Worcester College, Oxford)
Jean Aitchison (Worcester College, Oxford)
Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1991-08-30
270
0521422833
9780521422833
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