Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reflections on studying the history of languages (and how they change over time)

So I recently read a book called "Historical Linguistics" (3rd edition), by Winfred P. Lehmann - a pretty textbooky title, if you ask me - which talks about the way that languages tend to change over time, and the way that modern scholars investigate this change. There's a strong emphasis on methodology in this book, I should make clear; but there are enough historical examples from actual data that I felt like I learned some interesting historical content as well - particularly from the regions I'm currently interested in most, which are the various parts of Europe (although there is a significant amount of content from India as well) - and I feel like I learned a lot from the book.

The textbook that I read

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