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1. The study of language change; 2. Sound change; 3. Sound change and phonological change in wider perspective; 4. The interaction of sound change with grammar; 5. Analogical change; 6. Grammaticalization: processes and mechanisms; 7. Common paths of grammaticalization; 8. Syntactic change: the development and change of constructions; 9. Lexical change: how languages get new words and how words change their meaning; 10. Comparison, reconstruction and typology; 11. Causes of language change: internal and external factors.

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This new introduction explores all aspects of language change, with an emphasis on the role of cognition and language use.

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Joan Bybee is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico.

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'This book, written by someone who has been influential in shaping our understanding of phonological and grammatical processes, provides a new perspective on how the study of language change can be, and in my view should be, approached.' Bernd Heine, University of Cologne
'The distillation of years of teaching topics that her own brilliant work has helped to define, Language Change is a welcome invitation to sit in on one of Bybee's favourite courses. Its broad scope and eclectic coverage, privileging the cognitive, processing and usage factors jointly operating in language users, make this unique among historical linguistics texts. A must-read for students and professionals interested not only in the outcomes but in the mechanisms of language change.' Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa
'... the ideal introduction to language change, stressing cross-linguistic patterns.' Rena Torres Cacoullos, Pennsylvania State University
"This book, written by someone who has been influential in shaping our understanding of phonological and grammatical processes, provides a new perspective on how the study of language change can be, and in my view should be, approached." Bernd Heine, University of Cologne
"The distillation of years of teaching topics that her own brilliant work has helped to define, Language Change is a welcome invitation to sit in on one of Bybee's favourite courses. Its broad scope and eclectic coverage, privileging the cognitive, processing and usage factors jointly operating in language users, make this unique among historical linguistics texts. A must-read for students and professionals interested not only in the outcomes but in the mechanisms of language change." Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa
"... the ideal introduction to language change, stressing cross-linguistic patterns." Rena Torres Cacoullos, Pennsylvania State University

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