LINGUIST List 12.222

Sun Jan 28 2001

Books: Historical Linguistics

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  1. Gillian Caglayan, Historical Ling: Placing Middle English in Context, Taavitsainen et al.
  2. Gillian Caglayan, Words: Structure, Meaning, Function by Dalton-Puffer & Ritt (eds.)

Message 1: Historical Ling: Placing Middle English in Context, Taavitsainen et al.

Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 16:46:52 +0100
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Historical Ling: Placing Middle English in Context, Taavitsainen et al.

New Publication from Mouton de Gruyter

>From the Series
Topics in English Linguistics
Series Editors: Elizabeth Closs Traugott and Bernd Kortmann

Placing Middle English in Context
Edited by Irma Taavitsainen, Terttu Nevalainen, P�ivi Pahta and Matti Rissanen

2001. 23 x 15,5 cm. x, 518 pages.
Cloth. DM 248,- / EUR 126,80 / �S 1810,- (RRP) / sFr 213,- / 
approx. US$124.00
ISBN 3-11-016780-8

This collection of articles reflects the present state of the art in
Middle English linguistics. Internal processes of linguistic change
are assessed in their context in relation to sociohistorical,
sociocultural, textual, situational as well as regional and
contact-based factors causing variation in language. Many articles
combine two or more approaches to analysis and tackle questions of
change through the new methodological tools offered by corpora,
thesauri, and atlases. A systematic use of these sources for
linguistic evidence will add to our knowledge of the variable
character of Middle English and enable us to revise our earlier views
of the developments at this stage of the English language.

Table of Contents:

Introduction by the editors.

Chronological and Social Context
Roger Lass: Language periodization and the concept 'middle'
Tim William Machan: Language and society in twelfth-century England
Herbert Schendl: Syntactic constraints on code-switching in medieval texts

Dialect, Normalization and Corpus-linguistic Methodology
Section Introduction by Norman F. Blake
Margaret Laing: Never the twain shall meet: Early Middle English-the
East-West divide
Jeremy Smith: Standard language in Early Middle English?
Keith Williamson: Changing spaces: Linguistic relationships and the
dialect continuum
Manfred Markus: Normalizing the word forms in The Ayenbite of Inwyt
Simon Horobin: Chaucer's spelling and the manuscripts of the Canterbury
Helena Raumolin-Brunberg: WHICH and THE WHICH in Late Middle English:
Free variants?

Lexical Semantics
Section Introduction by Hans-J�rgen Diller
Jane Roberts: Robbares and reuares pat ryche men despoilen: Some
Competing Forms
Janet Bately: Here comes the judge: A small contribution to the study of
French input into the vocabulary of the law in Middle English
Louise Sylvester: Naming and avoiding naming objects of terror: A case study
Malgorzata Fabiszak: An application of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage
to diachronic semantics
Paivi Koivisto-Alanko: Patterns of semantic change in abstract nouns:
The case of WIT
Ruta Nagucka: The spatial and temporal meanings of BEFORE in Middle English
Saara Nevanlinna: The adjective WEARY in Middle English structures: A
syntactic-semantic study

Utterance and Discourse Meaning
Section Introduction by Laurel Brinton
Andreas H. Jucker: Slanders, slurs and insults on the road to
Canterbury: Forms of verbal aggression in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Liliana Sikorska: Hir not lettyrd: The use of interjections, pragmatic
markers and whan-clauses in The Book of Margery Kempe
Leslie Arnovick: Whoso thorgh presumpcion ... mysdeme hyt: Chaucer's
poetic adaptation of the medieval "book curse"

Sounds, Prosody and Metre
Section Introduction by Nikolaus Ritt
Donka Minkova: Middle English prosodic innovations and their testability
in verse
Marcin Krygier: Old English (non)-palatalized */k/: Competing forces of
change at work in the "seek"-verbs
Jerzy Welna: Some remarks on the nonprimary contexts for Homorganic
Albertas Steponavicius: On the phonetic and phonological interpretation
of the reflexes of the Old English diphthongs in the Ayenbite of Inwyt

For more information please contact the publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin, Germany
Fax: +49 30 26005 222

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Message 2: Words: Structure, Meaning, Function by Dalton-Puffer & Ritt (eds.)

Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 17:00:42 +0100
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Words: Structure, Meaning, Function by Dalton-Puffer & Ritt (eds.)

New Publication from Mouton de Gruyter

>From the series
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Series Editor: Werner Winter

Words: Structure, Meaning, Function
A Festschrift for Dieter Kastovsky

Christiane Dalton-Puffer & Nikolaus Ritt (Editors)

2000. 23 x 15,5 cm. xviii, 334 pages.
Cloth. DM 198,- / EUR 101,24 / �S 1445,- (RRP) / sFr 170,- / 
approx. US$99.00
ISBN 3-11-016793-X

(Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 130)

The thematic connections between the articles assembled in this volume
mirror the central and integrating role of 'the word' in almost all
matters linguistic. With formal and descriptive aspects of the word
(in inflection and derivation) at the centre, the contributions branch
out into phonology, syntax, pragmatics and, most importantly,
semantics. In terms of languages, the focus is mainly on English
(synchronically and diachronically) but Hungarian, Polish and German
are also considered among others. The theoretical focus lies on
various aspects of language change on the one hand, and on
morphological concepts such as productivity, or the morphological
status of items on the other.


Tabula gratulatoria
Publications by Dieter Kastovsky
Introduction by Arthur Mettinger

Anders Ahlqvist: Old Irish d�ilem 'maker, creator'
John Anderson and Fran Colman: The importance of being Leofwine Horn
Leiv Egil Breivik and Toril Swan: The desemanticisation of existential
'there' in a synchronic-diachronic perspective
Uwe Carls: 'Anti-' and 'pro-' in Indian English
Hans-J�rgen Diller: The meaning of 'naked' and a theory of metaphor
Wolfgang U. Dressler and M�ria Lad�nyi: On contrastive word-formation:
German and Hungarian denominal adjective formation
Andreas Fischer: The greening of 'greening'
Jacek Fisiak: Middle English 'beck' in the Midlands: the place-name evidence
Manfred G�rlach: Conceptual and semantic change in the history of English
Klaus Hansen: Genitive case or determinative phrase? The status of 's
forms in Modern English
Raymond Hickey: Direction and location in Modern Irish
Werner H�llen: John Locke, semanticist
Andreas H. Jucker: 'Thou' in the history of English: a case for
historical semantics or pragmatics?
Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky: Diminutives: an interface of word-formation,
semantics and pragmatics
Roger Lass: Which end is your head on? Typological remarks on Modern Persian
Leonhard Lipka: Word-formation and (proper) names: a neglected field
Magnus Ljung: Text condensation in the press: the case of compound
adjectival premodifiers
Stephen Nagle and Patsy L. Holmes: On the semantics of English double modals
Terttu Nevalainen and Helena Raumolin-Brunberg: The third-person
singular -(e)s and -(e)th revisited: the morphophonemic hypothesis
Matti Rissanen: Paths of loan-word grammaticalisation: the case of
'according to'
Herbert Schendl: The third person present plural in Shakespeare's First
Folio: A case of interaction of morphology and syntax?
Gabriele Stein: The function of word-formation and the case of English
Robert Stockwell and Donka Minkova: What happened to Old English clitic
pronouns and why?
Gunnel Tottie: Tall as he was: On the meaning of complement -as-
Werner Winter: Eyes and ears

For more information please contact the publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin, Germany
Fax: +49 30 26005 222

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