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The Handbook of Historical Linguistics provides a detailedaccount of the numerous issues, methods, and results thatcharacterize current work in historical linguistics, the area oflinguistics most directly concerned with language change as well aspast language states.
Contains an extensive introduction that places the study ofhistorical linguistics in its proper context within linguistics andthe historical sciences in general
Covers the methodology of historical linguistics and presentssophisticated overviews of the principles governing phonological,morphological, syntactic, and semantic change
Includes contributions from the leading specialists in thefield