How Language Change Actually Took Place

@article{Aymes2020HowLC,
  title={How Language Change Actually Took Place},
  author={Marc Aymes},
  journal={European Journal of Turkish Studies. Social Sciences on Contemporary Turkey},
  year={2020}
}
  • Marc Aymes
  • Published 30 November 2020
  • Linguistics
  • European Journal of Turkish Studies. Social Sciences on Contemporary Turkey
The study of language change is a necessary correlate of historical semantics, if not a precondition for it. Yet there are many ways of looking for linguistic alterations: they could be operating at the level of ‘discourse,’ i.e. within an arborescence of ideas; or, they could derive from the material layout of linguistic artefacts. This paper leans toward the latter stance: it commits to analysing language change literally, at its most material, as a physical process of alteration. In… 

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