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The United States of English: The American Language from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century


Rosemarie Ostler

29 November 2023

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English Begins at Jamestown: Narrating the History of a Language


Tim William Machan

29 September 2022

English Begins at Jamestown explores how people tell and have told the story of English, from its Indo-European origins to its present-day status as a global language. It shows that there are better, worse, and wrong ways to relate the language's history, even if there cannot necessarily be one correct way.

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Diachronic Syntax

Second Edition


Ian Roberts

18 November 2021

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

This second edition of Diachronic Syntax has been fully revised and updated throughout to cover the multiple developments in the area in the last decade. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field and including a glossary and suggestions for further reading, it will be an ideal textbook for undergraduate students of historical linguistics.

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Introduction to Classical Chinese


Kai Vogelsang

25 August 2021

This book offers students all the necessary tools to read, understand, and analyse Classical Chinese texts, including descriptions of syntactic features, introductions to historical and cultural topics, and selected readings from classical literature with original commentaries. It also provides an extensive glossary and up-to-date bibliography.

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Heiko Narrog, Bernd Heine

31 March 2021

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

This textbook introduces and explains the fundamental issues, major research questions, and current approaches in the study of grammaticalization. Each chapter offers guidance on further reading, and concludes with study questions to encourage further discussion; there is also a glossary of key terminology in the field.

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A History of German: What the Past Reveals about Today's Language

Second Edition


Joseph Salmons

30 August 2018

This textbook provides a detailed introduction to the development of the German language from prehistory to the present. This second edition has been extensively revised to include coverage of syntactic change, sociolinguistics, language variation, and language contact, as well as more detailed definitions and background information for beginners.

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A History of the Irish Language: From the Norman Invasion to Independence


Aidan Doyle

04 June 2015

This book traces the history of the Irish language from the time of the Norman invasion to independence. Aidan Doyle addresses both the shifting position of Irish in society and the important internal linguistic changes that have taken place, and combines political, cultural, and linguistic history.

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Origins of Language: A Slim Guide


James R. Hurford

06 March 2014

This book offers an accessible overview of what is known about the evolution of the human capacity for language and what sets human language apart from the simple communication systems used by non-human animals. It draws on a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, neuroscience, genetics, and animal behaviour.

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The Oxford History of English

Revised Edition


Lynda Mugglestone

29 November 2012

Lynda Mugglestone's hugely popular The Oxford History of English is republished in a reset and revised edition featuring David Crystal's new take on the future of English. With impeccable and approachable scholarship, it describes the changing sounds, words, and meanings of English. A book for everyone interested in the language.

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The Oxford Guide to Etymology


Philip Durkin

07 July 2011

The best introduction to word history ever published combines scholarship with readability. OED's chief etymologist shows how words originate and change. He explores the histories of place and personal names and explains how to use different kinds of evidence, historical as well as linguistic. This is a book for everyone interested in words.

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A Natural History of Latin


Tore Janson

25 January 2007

Tore Janson tells the history of Latin from origins to present. He offers persuasive arguments for its value and gives direct access to its fascinating worlds, past and present. He describes how Latin spread through the classical world, its renewed importance in the Middle Ages, and its survival into modern times. He shows how spoken and written Latin evolved in different places and its central role in European history and culture. Brilliantly conceived and written with the same light touch as the author's bestselling history of languages, this book is a masterpiece of adroit synthesis.

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The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World


J. P. Mallory, D. Q. Adams

24 August 2006

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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction


P. H. Matthews

24 April 2003

Very Short Introductions

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