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Time Depth In Historical Linguistics

PDF Time depth constitutes one of the most difficult problems in historical linguistics, its evaluation being crucial for any systematic comparison with archaeological or genetic data, and hence basic to any broader historical interpretation. This was the focus for a meeting of some of the world's leading linguists held in 1999 at the McDonald Institute. The oft-criticized techniques of glottochronology and lexicostatistics were reformulated by their leading advocates with positive results, but also critically examined by sceptics. Linguistic palaeontology, convergence was given to Indo-European, Uralic, Afroasiatic, Bantu, Austronesian and Tibeto-Burman language families. This book should be useful for anyone seriously concerned with issues of time depth in languages, and for all archaeologists and genticists seeking an integration between their own discipline and the early history of languages.

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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherMcDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
File size1.8 Mb
Release date 01.12.2000
Pages count681
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