- Tapa blanda: 532 páginas
- Editor: Routledge; Edición: 2 (25 de mayo de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0340927658
- ISBN-13: 978-0340927656
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Trask's Historical Linguistics (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 may 2007
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The strength of the book is its suitability for beginning students ... a highly recommendable introduction into historical linguistics - one, I might add, one has been looking out for a long time.
Werner Abraham, Studies in Language
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This book is an introduction to historical linguistics - the study of language change over time. Written in an engaging style and illustrated with examples from a wide range of languages, the book covers the fundamental concepts of language change, methods for historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, sociolinguistic aspects of language change, language contact, the birth and death of languages, language and prehistory and the issue of very remote relations.
A minimal knowledge of linguistic concepts is needed and the book is suitable for students approaching the subject for the first time. The exercises will be particularly useful to teachers and students alike.
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In the introduction to the book, Trask himself categorized it among the competition. He felt that it was more demanding than Jeffers and Lehiste (1979), comparable to Lehmann (1992) but with substantially different organization and coverage, and less demanding than Anttila (1988) or Hock (1986), and I agree. Trask's book does assume some previous experience with basic linguistics, but it is clearly directed towards university undergraduates. It covers the usual ground, with recent research like new phonological theories and ergativity taken into account.
One feature that distinguishes Trask's book is the use of Basque in many examples. Though its speakers are securely located in the very Western European country of Spain, Basque is unfortunately left out from books based mainly on Western European languages due to its odd character. Nonetheless, some knowledge of Basque could come in handy for historical linguists--it would have helped me better understand Heine and Kuteva's monograph on the European sprachbund, for example.
Trask's textbook is also unique among the crowd for the attention he gives to long-range hypotheses, fairly remarking that perhaps linguists have missed some connections because of over-specialization, but soundly debunking the work of charlatans like Merrit Ruhlen who think they can reconstruct some kind of "Proto-World". A nice touch is how Trask compares the public's readiness to accept coincidential similarities between, say, Hawaiian and Ancient Greek to the so-called "birthday paradox".
My major complaint with Trask's book is with the production. The typesetting is hard on the eyes, and the binding does not lie flat. All in all, if I had to pick my favourite textbook on the field, it would be Campbell's recent Historical Linguistics, 2nd Edition: An Introduction, where the author's excellent material is presented in a supremely readable manner. Nonetheless, instructors will have to decide themselves what book is best for their course, and Trask is certainly one worth evaluating.