Language acquisition and language change

Authored by: James N. Stanford

The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415527897
eBook ISBN: 9781315794013
Adobe ISBN: 9781317743248


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Language acquisition has long held an important place in theories of language, including questions about how language is structured and which aspects of language are acquired or innate. Historical linguistics is another area where language acquisition enters the discussion. This chapter reviews major lines of thinking about the role of language acquisition in language change, outlining perspectives from classic studies as well as recent work on less commonly studied language communities.

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