Zaidan Ali Jassem

Department of English Language and Translation

Qassim University



The purpose of this paper is to provide a radical critical review of Lyle Campbell’s (2013) Historical linguistics: An introduction, (3nd edn.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. More precisely, it gives an overview,  survey, and critique of the main topics, principles, and theories which the work covers. My review is based on using it as the main textbook for ENGL 358 Historical Linguistics  for over 5 years where the students say ‘it’s frightening’.

Campbell’s (2013) Historical Linguistics: A Critical Review