Language change : progress or decay? / Jean Aitchison
- Aitchison, Jean, 1938-
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- 4th ed.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xii, 298 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Part I. Preliminaries: The ever-whirling wheel -- Collecting up clues -- Charting the changes -- Part II. Transition: Spreading the word -- Conflicting loyalties -- Catching on and taking off -- Caught in the web -- The wheels of language -- Spinning away -- Part III. Causation: -- The reason why -- Doing what comes naturally -- Repairing the patterns -- Pushing and pulling -- Part IV. Beginnings and Endings -- Language birth -- Language death -- Progress or decay?
- How and why do languages change? Where does the evidence of language change come from? How do languages begin and end? This introduction to language change explores these and other questions, considering changes through time. The central theme of this book is whether language change is a symptom of progress or decay. This book will show you why it is neither, and that understanding the factors surrounding how language change occurs is essential to understanding why it happens. This updated edition remains non-technical and accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of linguistics.
- 9781316179666 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 18 Jul 2016).
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