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    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2014

      The Welsh Language

      A History

      by Janet Davies (Author)

      The existence of the Welsh-language can come as a surprise to those who assume that English is the foundation language of Britain. However, J. R. R. Tolkien described Welsh as the ‘senior language of the men of Britain’. Visitors from outside Wales may be intrigued by the existence of Welsh and will want to find out how a language which has, for at least fifteen hundred years, been the closest neighbour of English, enjoys such vibrancy, bearing in mind that English has obliterated languages thousands of miles from the coasts of England.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      December 2014

      Your Writing Well

      by Dr. Bob Davis

      Fifteen essays for anyone in any profession or academic level, Your Writing Well studies every aspect of the writing process, providing faster means to better products than do narrowly focused trade handbooks and academic texts. Having combed through writing pedagogy and cut through nonsense about composition and grammar, Dr. Davis provides an all-inclusive set of theory highlighting logic-based skills and practical strategies to create, develop, defend, and communicate coherently organized, well-expressed thoughts. Not marketed for dummies, Your Writing Well assumes readers have the smarts to follow mature common-sense guidance, grasp examples, and thus compensate for their existing lack of knowledge of what to do, how and why to do it, and where. Informed not by needless prohibitions but by relaxed, reassuring balances of freedom and prudent regulation, Your Writing Well is a comprehensive cure for all writers’ ailments and deficiencies.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      June 2018

      Zur Karriere von ›Nähe und Distanz‹

      Rezeption und Diskussion des Koch-Oesterreicher-Modells

      by Helmuth Feilke, Mathilde Hennig

      Der von Peter Koch und Wulf Oesterreicher 1985 erstmals veröffentlichte Ansatz ‚Sprache der Nähe und Sprache der Distanz‘ kann als das erfolgreichste Modell zur Erfassung des Spannungsfelds von Mündlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit betrachtet werden. Zum Erfolg gehört dabei einerseits die breite Anwendung insbesondere in der germanistischen Linguistik in verschiedenen Bereichen wie Variationslinguistik, Spracherwerb und Medienlinguistik. Andererseits zählt zum Erfolg des Modells – wie bei allen Klassikern – gerade auch seine anhaltende kritische Diskussion. Der Band reflektiert mit den wissenschaftstheoretischen und -historischen Beiträgen von Wulf Oesterreicher/Peter Koch, Clemens Knobloch, Utz Maas, Helmuth Feilke und Wolfgang Imo die Hintergründe für die Karriere des Nähe-Distanz-Modells und dokumentiert darüber hinaus durch Beiträge von Mathilde Hennig/Joachim Jacob, Roland Kehrein/Hanna Fischer, Sonja Zeman, Doris Tophinke, Christa Dürscheid, Jan Georg Schneider und Matthias Knopp die Anwendung und kritische Diskussion in den Bereichen Variationslinguistik, Sprachgeschichte und Medientheorie.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2018

      Gustav Gröber: Briefe aus den Jahren 1869 bis 1910

      Ausgewählt und kommentiert

      by Frank-Rutger Hausmann

      Gelehrtenkorrespondenzen sind eine der authentischsten Quellen der Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Von dem Romanisten Gustav Gröber (1844–1911), der in Leipzig promoviert, in Zürich habilitiert wurde und danach in Breslau und Straßburg i.E. als Professor wirkte, gibt es bisher nur zwei publizierte Briefausgaben (mit Philipp August Becker und Hugo Schuchardt). Dank intensiver Suche konnten ca. 1000 weitere Briefe und Postkarten Gröbers aus europäischen und überseeischen Archiven und Bibliotheken zusammengetragen werden, die umfassend über seine Stellung als international anerkannter Forscher, akademischer Lehrer, Wissenschaftsorganisator und Herausgeber der bis heute bestehenden "Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie", des immer noch als Standardwerk geltenden "Grundriss der romanischen Philologie" sowie einer zu ihrer Zeit viel benutzten, aber heute kaum noch bekannten Textreihe (Bibliotheca romanica) informieren. Fast sämtliche Briefe sind auf Deutsch abgefasst, damals eine der Hauptsprachen der Gelehrtenrepublik.Kurzporträts der Korrespondenten, eine ausführliche Bibliographie und ein Verzeichnis aller Doktoranden (darunter 19 spätere Professoren) Gröbers runden den Band ab.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      December 2000

      History of the Language Sciences / Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaften / Histoire des sciences du langage. 1. Teilband

      by Sylvain Auroux, E.F.K. Koerner, Hans-Josef Niederehe, Kees Versteegh

      This series of HANDBOOKS OF LINGUISTICS AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCE is designed to illuminate a field which not only includes general linguistics and the study of linguistics as applied to specific languages, but also covers those more recent areas which have developed from the increasing body of research into the manifold forms of communicative action and interaction. For "classic" linguistics there appears to be a need for a review of the state of the art which will provide a reference base for the rapid advances in research undertaken from a variety of theoretical standpoints, while in the more recent branches of communication science the handbooks will give researchers both an verview and orientation. To attain these objectives, the series will aim for a standard comparable to that of the leading handbooks in other disciplines, and to this end will strive for comprehensiveness, theoretical explicitness, reliable documentation of data and findings, and up-to-date methodology. The editors, both of the series and of the individual volumes, and the individual contributors, are committed to this aim. The languages of publication are English, German, and French. The main aim of the series is to provide an appropriate account of the state of the art in the various areas of linguistics and communication science covered by each of the various handbooks; however no inflexible pre-set limits will be imposed on the scope of each volume. The series is open-ended, and can thus take account of further developments in the field. This conception, coupled with the necessity of allowing adequate time for each volume to be prepared with the necessary care, means that there is no set time-table for the publication of the whole series. Each volume will be a self-contained work, complete in itself. The order in which the handbooks are published does not imply any rank ordering, but is determined by the way in which the series is organized; the editor of the whole series enlist a competent editor for each individual volume. Once the principal editor for a volume has been found, he or she then has a completely free hand in the choice of co-editors and contributors. The editors plan each volume independently of the others, being governed only by general formal principles. The series editor only intervene where questions of delineation between individual volumes are concerned. It is felt that this (modus operandi) is best suited to achieving the objectives of the series, namely to give a competent account of the present state of knowledge and of the perception of the problems in the area covered by each volume.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      May 1994

      Auge & Ohr

      Studien zur Erforschung der Sprache am Menschen 1700–1850

      by Joachim Gessinger

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      July 1984

      Johann Christoph Adelung

      Ein Beitrag zu seinem germanistischen Schaffen mit einer Bibliographie seines Gesamtwerkes

      by Margrit Strohbach

      Die Reihe Studia Linguistica Germanica (SLG), 1968 von Ludwig Erich Schmitt und Stefan Sonderegger begründet, ist ein renommiertes Publikationsorgan der germanistischen Linguistik. Die Reihe verfolgt das Ziel, mit dem Schwerpunkt auf sprach- und wissenschaftshistorischen Fragestellungen die gesamte Bandbreite des Faches zu repräsentieren. Dazu zählen u. a. Arbeiten zur historischen Grammatik und Semantik des Deutschen, zum Verhältnis von Sprache und Kultur, zur Geschichte der Sprachtheorie, zur Dialektologie, Lexikologie/Lexikographie, Textlinguistik und zur Einbettung des Deutschen in den europäischen Sprachkontext.

    • Language: history & general works
      January 2013

      Convergent Approaches to Mediaeval English Language and Literature

      Selected Papers from the 22nd Conference of SELIM

      by Editor(s): Javier Martín Arista, Roberto Torre Alonso, Andrés Canga Alonso and Inmaculada Medina Barco

      The present volume is intended as a scientific conversation between pioneering research and the traditionally leading disciplines of medievalism. With that aim, the collection presents a selection of crucial essays to add to contemporary discussion which, however convergent and synchronous in approach, also pull in heterogeneous distinct ways and enhance the multiple perspectives which are currently embraced in the study of English medievalism. The chapters, fifteen in all, constitute a peer-reviewed selection of papers presented at the 22nd International Conference of the Spanish Society for Mediaeval English Language and Literature (SELIM), which brought together a large number of scholars worldwide, and was held at the Department of Modern Languages of the University of La Rioja in 2010. A brief glance at the book’s contents evinces the manifestly plural ways in which the English Middle Ages, the mesmerising media tempestas, are being addressed in current critical debate, from the diverse areas of linguistics, literature, teaching methodology and translation. In all, the book becomes exceptional witness to all these developments, being not foolhardy to predict that the dark old ages provide, as ever, foundations for stimulating new highlights and ideas.

    • Sociolinguistics
      May 2007

      Language Issues in Canada

      Multidisciplinary Perspectives

      by Editor(s): Martin Howard

      This volume attempts to illuminate Canada’s linguistic diversity by bringing together within one single volume a range of innovative studies which explore Canadian language issues across the political, legislative, social, educational and linguistic horizons. The ten chapters within the volume constitute a mixture of overview survey articles on a particular theme, as well as analyses based on large-scale empirical studies, presenting both qualitative and quantitative findings. The multidisciplinary approach provides complementary insights on a range of key-themes central to the Canadian linguistic context, such as in the case of language politics, language legislation, language education, sociolinguistics, language contact, language variation and change, varieties of French, minority language issues and language standardisation. The languages covered include both English and French, as well as Aboriginal languages.

    • Language: history & general works
      November 2014

      Diachronic Variation in Romanian

      by Editor(s): Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Irina Nicula, Alexandru Nicolae, Louise Esher

      This volume represents the first work published in English dealing with the historical grammar of Romanian from a modern theoretical perspective. It consists of a selection of papers focusing on the historical grammar of Romanian, bringing together diverse theoretical approaches in order to address a number of key morphological and syntactic issues in the history of the morphosyntactic development of Romanian. The majority of papers in this volume deal with topics in Romanian historical syntax, drawing on modern research methods and current linguistic theory, with a clear preference for parametric syntax. The most significant areas of grammar, namely the nominal domain and the verbal domain, are well represented in this volume.In the context of current research on the history of the Romance languages, this volume is auxiliary to recent works such as Maiden, Smith, and Ledgeway’s Cambridge History of the Romance Languages (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Ledgeway’s From Latin to Romance. Morphosyntactic Typology and Change (Oxford University Press, 2012), which contain relatively few references to Romanian.The volume will be of interest to advanced graduate and postgraduate students in diachronic linguistics, theoretical linguistics, and Romance and Romanian linguistics, as well as researchers in the fields of historical and typological linguistics, morphosyntactic theory and the history of the Romance languages.

    • Language: history & general works
      November 2018

      A Paradigm of Comparative Lexicology

      by Author(s): Floriana Popescu

      Intended to bridge the gap between two languages of the Indo-European family, this is the first comprehensive bifocal approach to lexicological aspects. Through its theoretical distinctions and applications, the book recommends itself to language professionals and to any reader interested in learning more about words. It starts with a brief theoretical account of overlapping terms, which are given crystal-clear disambiguations. The book then focuses on structural representations of word formations and word relationships, outlining their hierarchicalness and branching directions and revealing various levels of materialization entailed by lexical productivity and frequency of occurrence. Each of these hierarchies defines its related techniques and explains lexical creations, adaptations or adoptions and interrelationships. The approach adopted here proves English to be consistent with formative and sense-related hierarchies, and shows it to have reached a climax in language evolution with its status of a global language, making it the standard in comparative linguistics.

    • Legal skills & practice
      June 2015

      Diachronic and Synchronic Aspects of Legal English

      Past, Present, and Possible Future of Legal English

      by Author(s): Giuseppina Scotto di Carlo

      Diachronic and Synchronic Aspects of Legal English is a brief guide to the past, present, and possible future of Legal English as a professional language. It is intended for a broad audience of readers interested in linguistics and in legal language as part of the spectrum of English for Special Purposes (ESP).The book uses simple words to explain the development and features of legal language to law students (especially L2 English speakers) and practicing lawyers, but also to non-academics interested in understanding the basis of the legal language that is part of our everyday lives.The book provides a brief introduction to the evolution of Legal English, from its origins to modern times, observing how it has changed lexically, structurally, and conceptually throughout the centuries, and a lexical and syntactic analysis of the contemporary legal register of the 21st century, in which Legal English has gone far beyond the borders of Great Britain. It also offers an introduction to the debate on the Plain English Movement’s suggestions for simplified legal language, and an example of textual analysis of an authentic legal document, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), in order to identify the stylistic markers of Legal English that help achieve the communicative aims of the text.Furthermore, a balance between time-honoured legal expressions and a simplification of legal language is proposed as a challenge for professional English, to guarantee citizens’ understanding of their rights and duties expressed through legislation.

    • Language: history & general works
      March 2011

      The Language of Periodical News in Seventeenth-Century England

      by Author(s): Nicholas Brownlees

      Seventeenth-century English news writers knew there was a market for news – about that there is no doubt. Right from the very first decade, there was what has been variously described as a ‘thirst’, ‘appetite’, or even ‘itch’ for news about contemporary events and affairs.However, whilst the readers were out there, they were not prepared to hand over their two pence or penny for a weekly news pamphlet or gazette unless convinced that what they were getting was worth the money. And it was this that disturbed and troubled news writers then just as much as it does now in the twenty-first century. In short, how does the writer present news? What language do they use to persuade the news readers that the money they are spending is a good investment?It is this question, which lies at the forefront of the seventeenth-century ‘news revolution’, that is examined in the updated edition of The Language of Periodical News in Seventeenth-Century England. Nicholas Brownlees follows the beginnings and development of seventeenth-century English periodical print news, and sees how contemporary news writers set about responding to these fundamental presentational and communicative concerns. This interdisciplinary examination of seventeenth-century news discourse contains innovative analyses regarding a rich variety of topics including: • The role of translation in early periodical news;• The language of hard news in corantos and news pamphlets; • Forms and styles of epistolary news; • Fluctuating editorial strategies in addressing and involving the reader; • Text structure and prototypical headlines;• English news discourse within a wider European news context;• The language of propaganda; • Periodicity and the reporting of the Tuscan crisis in 1653;• The language of ‘Advertisements’ in The London Gazette; • The changing fortunes and semantics of News, Intelligence and Advice.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      May 2014

      The Friulian Language

      Identity, Migration, Culture

      by Editor(s): Rosa Mucignat

      Are minor languages the lifeblood of cherished local identities or just passports with restricted validity, serving no purpose in today’s transnational, global world? Italy’s north-eastern region of Friuli is a case in point: in this area, around half a million people speak Friulian, a Romance language of the Rhaeto-Romance family, which is attested to in written texts since 1150 and acquired official minority language status in 1999. Geographically and politically off-centre, Friuli remained isolated for a long part of its history and developed a unique language that sustained a distinctive identity and culture. Starting from the nineteenth century, large-scale migration towards Northern Europe and the Americas brought Friulian into contact with other languages and contexts of use.The Friulian Language: Identity, Migration, Culture is the first comprehensive study in English of this little-known language to consider its history and the variety of its cultural manifestations from antiquity to the present day. The volume gathers together the work of ten contributors who are specialists in the fields of history (Fulvio Salimbeni), law (William Cisilino), linguistics (Paola Benincà, Franco Finco, Fabiana Fusco and Carla Marcato), literary studies (Rosa Mucignat and Rienzo Pellegrini), and migration (Javier P. Grossutti and Olga Zorzi Pugliese). The focus of the book is on Friulian, its varieties, its linguistic characteristics and its use in literature from fourteenth-century ballads to Pier Paolo Pasolini, and more recent poetry by Novella Cantarutti and others. Equal attention is given to the Friulians themselves, the social and political transformations of the region, and the experience of migration, in particular the case of high-skilled mosaic craftsmen from the Alpine foothills.Thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, the book sheds light on the questions of why Friulian has developed the way it has, what its significance as a minor language is, and how it can negotiate its relationship to other languages on a global scale.

    • Language: history & general works
      August 2013

      Translation, History and Arts

      New Horizons in Asian Interdisciplinary Humanities Research

      by Editor(s): Meng JI, UKAI Atsuko

      Translation, History and Arts: New Horizons in Asian Interdisciplinary Humanities Research is a collection of selected research papers originally presented at the Todai Forum in October 2011 in Lyon, France, under the auspices of the University of Tokyo, Japan. Papers selected for inclusion in this book stand at the frontier of interdisciplinary humanities research, and are concerned with translation and cross-cultural studies, social and art history, and comparative area studies. A central theme of the papers is the development of a new discursive narrative of local histories against the backdrop of world history. Through case studies of historical and modern socio-cultural events occurring in different regions and countries, this book strives to advance our understanding of the dynamic and complex interactions among distinct social and cultural systems in world history.

    • Language: history & general works
      March 2011

      The Language of Periodical News in Seventeenth-Century England

      by Author(s): Nicholas Brownlees

      This volume follows the beginnings and development of seventeenth-century English periodical print news and sees how contemporary news writers shaped their news discourse over the decades. Interdisciplinary in its approach, the volume analyses the different strategies employed by news writers of the day as they determined how best to present and write up both foreign and domestic events for a news-obsessed English readership.In his examination of the language used in corantos, newsbooks and gazettes—the first forms of periodical news in the English press—Nicholas Brownlees provides innovative analyses regarding a rich variety of topics including: the role of translation in early periodical news; the language of hard news in corantos and news pamphlets; forms and styles of epistolary news; fluctuating editorial strategies used to address and involve the reader; text structure and prototypical headlines; English news discourse within a wider European news context; the language of propaganda in the English Civil War; periodicity and the reporting of the Tuscan crisis in 1653; the language of ‘Advertisements’ in The London Gazette; the changing fortunes and semantics of News, Intelligence and Advice.In its focus on how news writers worked and experimented with seventeenth-century English language structures and discourse conventions to forge a style of news rhetoric that could inform, persuade and even entertain, this volume is essential reading for all historians, news analysts and historical linguists working in the early modern period.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2008

      Oriental Languages and Cultures

      by Editor(s): Indira Gazieva

      Oriental Languages and Cultures is a collection of new essays by academics who participated in the 1st international conference Oriental Languages and Cultures, held at Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow on 22-23 November 2007. The collection presents a vivid overview of current problems in the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of the Middle and Far East. The uniqueness of this book lies in its bringing to publication a steadily growing interest in languages and culture of the Far East, as well as the East as a cultural phenomenon which has long been observed in the former Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia. The book is divided into five sections. The first contains essays outlining new approaches in the understanding of theoretical concepts relating to oriental languages. The second section explores new directions in the field of oriental literature. The third surveys a growing Russian interest in the culture of the Far East. The fourth section provides insights that help towards understanding the nature of the tolerance and gender problem in Eastern languages and cultures; and the fifth section’s contributions address the issues of assessment and pedagogy in the teaching of Oriental languages.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2013

      Freond ic gemete wið

      Perspectives on Medieval Britain; Language, Literature, Society

      by Editor(s): Michaela Hejná, Helena Filipová, and Helena Znojemská

      Freond ic gemete wið: Perspectives on Medieval Britain; Language, Literature, Society is the outcome of a symposium convened at Charles University in Prague in March 2012. It offers a mosaic of perspectives on medieval Britain represented by detailed and closely focused analyses of individual aspects of linguistic, literary and socio-cultural practice from the early Anglo-Saxon period to the late Middle Ages. The contributions in the field of linguistics are concerned with the problematics of identifying and interpreting the imprint of diverse linguistic communities and the dynamics of language change on textual material, addressing issues of methodology and the interpretive models of contemporary scholarship.The chapters on literature and cultural studies present new readings in canonical texts as well as interpreting neglected or marginal material. The predominant perspective emphasizes the broadly conceived foundational and/or normative character of the narratives, establishing an imagined community with the text at its centre or offering an authoritative model for an existing or emergent social structure or polity.

    • Language: history & general works
      July 2010

      Welsh in the Twenty-First Century

      by Delyth Morris (Author)

      This book analyses the state of the Welsh language at the beginning of the twenty-first century, with contributions from leading scholars in the fields of sociology and language policy. The intention is to update our current understanding of Welsh as a living language; how its use, learning, understanding teaching, evolution and promulgation are developing in the brave new world of the twenty-first century where Welsh is spreading to the internet, electronic dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

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