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by Lyle Campbell

  • Author: Lyle Campbell
  • ISBN: 0262532670
  • ISBN13: 978-0262532679
  • ePub: 1869 kb | FB2: 1369 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Words Language & Grammar
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; second edition edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Pages: 470
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Historical Linguistics: an Introduction.

Historical Linguistics: an Introduction. No part of this manual may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher.

Campbell begins by discussing three types of change, that of sounds, that of the lexicon in borrowing, and analogical change

Lyle Campbell is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Lyle Campbell is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Campbell is professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Lyle Campbell was born on October 22, 1942, and was raised in rural Oregon. in archaeology and anthropology from Brigham Young University in 1966, then an .

Campbell begins by discussing three types of change, that of sounds, that of the lexicon in borrowing, and analogical change.

Historical linguistics : an introduction I Lyle Campbell. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index

Historical linguistics : an introduction I Lyle Campbell. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-262-53159-3 (pbk. : alk. paper) I. Historical linguistics. xiii Preface This book is intended as an introductory textbook for historical linguistics courses, and assumes only that readers will have had an introduction to linguistics.

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This accessible, hands-on text not only introduces students to the important topics in historical linguistics but also shows them how to apply the methods described and how to think about the issues; abundant examples and exercises allow students to focus on how to do historical linguistics. Distinctive to this text is its integration of the standard topics with others now considered important to the field, including syntactic change, grammaticalization, sociolinguistic contributions to linguistic change, distant genetic relationships, areal linguistics, and linguistic prehistory. Examples are taken from a broad range of languages; those from the more familiar English, French, German, and Spanish make the topics more accessible, while those from non-Indo-European languages show the depth and range of the concepts they illustrate.This second edition features expanded explanations and examples as well as updates in light of recent work in linguistics, including a defense of the family tree model, a response to recent claims on lexical diffusion/frequency, and a section on why languages diversify and spread.

Good text book of very basic historical linguistics. It is a bit old now, but the field has not changed that much, at least in the basics. It would have been helpful to have an introductory review of basic phonology and phonetics. I had forgotten a good bit and had to look up a lot of relatively simple phonological concepts. But if you want a simple easy to read intro to historical linguistics, this is it. There are practice exercises at the end of chapters, which would have been more helpful if there was an appendix of answers. About half the examples are from Indo-european, mostly Germanic and Romance, which is fine There is also quite a few Mayan examples, which of course are a bit more challenging for the beginner. Were I to teach a short course in Introductory historical linguistics, I would consider this.
This is a textbook, and is not a good choice for the general reader. Perhaps as a complement to a well taught course it would be very helpful, but on its own it is dry, not well integrated, and not very enlightening. For a general reader wanting to learn more about historical linquistics, try Jean Aitchison's "Language Change: Progress or Decay"?
An excellent book by Dr. Campbell. Great details and very useful for historical linguistics work and courses. Definitely came in handy for graduate school.
the book was in a very good condition
Campbell has written a book I never tire of using in my classes. Most textbooks are flawed, some more than others, and have to be changed after a few years to avoid driving professors and students crazy. This book has no imperfections. To those who find his orthography confusing, I recommend a close read of BOTH pages of his introductory section on his orthographic methods. Each chapter is concise, readable, and comprehensive, something few authors can achieve on ANY topic. The chapters also finish with exercises ideally suited to follow up on, and aid the understanding of, the material in the chapter. Campbell does not avoid the moderate and difficult comparative and internal reconstruction problems, as other books do by relying largely on Polynesian data, but presents the student with problem sets ranging from the simple to the highly complex. The choice of which to use can be determined by the instructor and the level of the class. (BTW, the problem with the Polynesian sets is that none of them deal with assimilation and dissimilation, two forces that drive the great majority of sound changes.) Campbell also bravely and politely wades into the Mother Tongue debate, and deals with it logically and brilliantly. Considering the damage done to the field of Historical Linguistics by folks engaged in this debate, that is no small contribution.
Lyle Campbell's HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS: An Introduction is the latest textbook initiating students into the study of language change. Already in its second edition, the book is quite impressive and I highly recommend it to anyone entering the field.

Campbell begins by discussing three types of change, that of sounds, that of the lexicon in borrowing, and analogical change. After making students aware of these diachronic developments, he then presents the comparative method and the technique of proto-language reconstruction. After showing how regular correspondences indicate development from a common source, Campbell discusses the classification of languages and models of linguistic change. For me, the most exciting chapter is that on internal reconstruction, where Campbell gives a number of examples (not just the usual one of PIE ablaut). The author then covers three others types of change, semantic, lexical, and syntactic. A chapter on areal linguistics familiarises the reader with dialectology, and one on distant genetic relationships introduces theories like Nostratic. Finally, discussion of philology and a chapter on reconstruction of proto-cultures and the hunting of Urheimats closes the book.

The finest aspect of this book is the great variety of languages from which Campbell draws his examples. Many textbooks, such as that of Lehmann, limit their focus mostly to Indo-European, but Campbell also gives attention to Finno-Ugric, Polynesian languages, Semitic, and many indigenous American languages, especially the Mayan languages which the authors seems expert in. In fact, the lack of sticking just to Indo-European makes this a very useful text for budding Indo-Europeanists, because most of the other language family reconstructions make use of typology, a technique only now beginning to be applied to IE. I can make few complaints about the work, though his use of palatal velars in PIE reconstructions seems out of fashion.

This is a real textbook, exercises are abudant and really challenge the student to apply all he has learned. The author does assume students already have some understanding of phonology and general linguistic terminology.

If you are interested in the general field of historical linguistics and have some prior training in linguistics, Campbell's textbook is one of the best primers available and highly worth seeking out.
Inochimizu accurately identifies some very annoying and pervasive mechanical flaws. IPA and non-IPA representations are casually jumbled together, and diacritics are routinely printed half an inch south of where they should be -- the sloppy typesetting is quite distracting. However, in terms of content, it is hands-down the best historical linguistics textbook I've encountered. I ordered and read five other potential choices while writing the syllabus for my current course, and none of them even came close. This book contains plenty of examples from plenty of languages, and Campbell explains useful methodologies in a way that even underprepared undergraduates have (so far) been able to follow. Three cheers.
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