5. Sprung from Some Common Source

  1. Nicholas Evans

Published Online: 30 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310450.ch5

Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us

Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us

How to Cite

Evans, N. (2009) Sprung from Some Common Source, in Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310450.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

Book Series:

  1. The Language Library

Book Series Editors:

  1. David Crystal

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631233053

Online ISBN: 9781444310450

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Keywords:

  • faint tracks in an ancient wordscape;
  • languages and deep world history;
  • language sprung from a common source;
  • connectivity between comparative linguistics and evolutionary biology;
  • introducing careless scribes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Careless Scribes

  • Back to the Old Wording: How the Comparative Method Works

  • Every Witness Has Part of the Story

  • Synchrony's Poison Is Diachrony's Meat

  • By the Waters of Lake Chad

  • Loanwords as Complication and Resource

  • The Linguistic Lens on the Past

  • Further reading