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Languages in Contact. Findings and Problems. With a Preface by André Martinet

Weinreich, Uriel

Published by Mouton, The Hague, 1953
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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first edition, first printing (not explicitly stated; the absence of any indications of a later edition or printing identify this as the first); from the library of the noted linguist, sociolinguist, and African language specialist, Jack Berry, long at Northwestern University (this book was for sale at a local bookstore, grouped with other linguistics books taken from his library, but was not stamped or inscribed with his name); no dj as issued; bookseller's pencilled price notation on the rear pastedown, some scuffs on the covers, corners and crown & heel of the spine bumped, spine sun-faded, else in fine, unmarked condition, rated Very Good; one of the finest books ever written on the subject of language convergence rather than divergence (to use Martinet's formulation); Weinreich's student, William Labov, did indeed go on to found 'the American School of Sociolinguistics', but his teacher and mentor's death at the age of 39, a few years after the 2nd edition appeared (the book was essentially his dissertation done under André Martinet at Columbia), was a tragic loss to our science; the work would interest collectors of first-printing books essential to the development of sociolinguistics in the U.S.; bound in blue boards with gold lettering on the spine; 4to -- 245 millimeters tall, xii + 148 numbered pages. Bookseller Inventory # 002768

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Title: Languages in Contact. Findings and Problems....

Publisher: Mouton, The Hague

Publication Date: 1953

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Triple G Books is owned and operated by an emeritus professor of linguistics, who was also an ardent book collector over the period 1954 to 2007. Books for sale range from linguistics, pidgin & creole languages, sociolinguistics, anthropology, education, and comparative religion through modern first editions and German and Scandinavian books. A number of the books are valuable and hard to find, as for example a 1/2-leather-bound first edition of Alfred Russell Wallace's The Malay Archipelago (2 vols.), recently sold for presentation to the Mayor of London on his visit to Malaysia, and a first edition of H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, a novel of the 19th century pointing to a scary future, a continuing revelation to me. Triple G Books stands back of its books in every way.

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