Linguistic Evolution: With Special Reference to English
Professor Samuels presents a comprehensive explanation of the reasons for linguistic change, applying his theory in particular to the history of English. He assesses and mediates between the conflicting dogmas of different schools of linguistics, and offers an alternative theory of linguistic change which is basically simple but has the scope to cover any type of change.
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Foundations in Sociolinguistics: An Ethnographic Approach
Dell H. Hymes
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Theodora Bynon,Professor of Historical Linguistics Soas Theodora Bynon
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