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Linguistic Change and Generative Theory presents nine papers by leading scholars in the field of transformational linguistic theory. Dealing mostly with phonological change, the papers demonstrate that transformational theory has unique insights to contribute to historical linguistics. Contributors are Emmon Bach, Robert Harms, Charles-James Bailey, T. G. Bever, D. T. Langendoen, James Foley, William Labov, Robin Lakoff, Sanford Schane, Theo Vennemann, and Arnold Zwicky. Includes 16 line drawings, special charts and equations.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Series Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xviii
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  1. 1. How Do Languages Get Crazy Rules?
  2. Emmon Bach, Robert T. Harms,
  3. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. The Integration of Linguistic Theory: Internal Reconstruction and the Comparative Method in Descriptive Analysis
  2. Charles-James N. Bailey
  3. pp. 22-31
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  1. 3. The Interaction of Speech Perception and Grammatical Structure in the Evolution of Language
  2. T. G. Bever, D. T. Langendoen
  3. pp. 32-95
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  1. 4. Rule Precursors and Phonological Change by Meta-Rule
  2. James Foley
  3. pp. 96-100
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  1. 5. The Internal Evolution of Linguistic Rules
  2. William Labov
  3. pp. 101-171
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  1. 6. Another Look at Drift
  2. Robin Lakoff
  3. pp. 172-198
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  1. 7. Natural Rules in Phonology
  2. Sanford A. Schane
  3. pp. 199-229
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  1. 8. Sound Change and Markedness Theory: On the History of the German Consonant System
  2. Theo Vennemann
  3. pp. 230-274
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  1. 9. Note on a Phonological Hierarchy in English
  2. Arnold M. Zwicky
  3. pp. 275-302
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