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Scribes as agents of language change
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The majority of our evidence for language change in pre-modern times comes from the written output of scribes. The present volume deals with a variety of aspects of language change and focuses on the role of scribes. The individual articles, which treat different theoretical and empirical issues, reflect a broad cross-linguistic and cross-cultural diversity. The languages that are represented cover a broad spectrum, and the empirical data come from a wide range of sources. This book provides a wealth of new data and new perspectives on old problems, and it raises new questions about the actual mechanisms of language change.
Number of pages350
SeriesStudies in Language Change
Place of publicationBerlin, Germany
EditorsEsther-Miriam Wagner, Ben Outhwaite, Bettina Beinhoff