The Diachrony of Classification Systems

William B. McGregor | Aarhus University
Søren Wichmann | Leiden University and Kazan Federal University
ISBN 9789027200679 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264138 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Classification is a popular topic in typological, descriptive and theoretical linguistics. This volume is the first to deal specifically with the diachrony of linguistic systems of classification. It comprises original papers that examine the ways in which linguistic classification systems arise, change, and dissipate in both natural circumstances and in circumstances of attrition. The role of diffusion in such processes is explored, as well as the question of what can be diffused. The volume is not restricted to nominal systems of classification, but also includes papers dealing with the less well-known phenomenon of verbal classification. Languages from a wide spread of world regions are examined, including Africa, Amazonia, Australia, Eurasia, Oceania, and Mesoamerica. The volume will be of interest to linguistic typologists, descriptive linguists, historical linguists, and grammaticalization theorists.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 342] 2018.  xi, 362 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book is a very instructive source of data and theoretical discussion for linguists and scientists working on typology, historical evolution of language and grammaticalization.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018003530 | Marc record