Introduction: English Historical Linguistics at 20 ICEHLs

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Research on the history of English continues apace. Some of this work breaks new empirical ground, collecting novel evidence for change in the language from all stages of its existence, and other work reinterprets classic data, showing a new way to understand issues that have long intrigued English historical linguists. Some of this work is fundamentally philological, with its prime aim being to set out new discoveries about English, while other work aims wholeheartedly to interact with debates in general linguistics on how language can change in principle (both learning from and contributing to them). We are delighted that this volume contains research in all these areas (at the phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic levels), nicely representing the diversity that exists in the current landscape of English Historical Linguistics. The articles gathered here are all based on presentations delivered at the 20th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL), which took place at the University of Edinburgh on 27-31 August 2018.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish Historical Linguistics
Subtitle of host publicationChange in Structure and Meaning
EditorsBettelou Los, Claire Cowie, Patrick Honeybone, Graeme Trousdale
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789027258205
ISBN (Print)9789027210647
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameCurrent Issues in Linguistic Theory
ISSN (Electronic)0304-0763


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