Customer Reviews


2 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive - but deep, 9 Dec 2003
This review is from: Understanding Language Change (Paperback)
I read April McMahon's book as a follow-up to Jean Aitchison's (excellent) introduction to language change, "Language Change: Progress or Decay?". Dr McMahon's book covers some similar ground, including, for example, the same examples of sociolinguistic variation drawn from experiments in New York. But she also covers lots of other material and discusses a range of topics in sound, semantic and syntactic change, as well as issues such as pidgin languages, creoles, language contact, lexical borrowing, and langage death. This book is characterised by a much deeper analysis of the subject than Aitchison's, and I for one was out of my depth at some points. Yet the questions she raises are interesting, and I imagine this would be a particularly interesting and useful for linguistics students working with guidance from a teacher. Unfortunately it's not really suitable for the non-specialist general reader, I'd recommend Jean Aitchison's work instead.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Language change, 28 Feb 2009
By 
Teresa Quayle "terri" (Manchester UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Understanding Language Change (Paperback)
An easy to understand book showing why and how language change occurs. Well worth buying by linguistic students everywhere.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Understanding Language Change
Understanding Language Change by April M. S. McMahon (Paperback - 17 Mar 1994)
31.12
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews