LINGUIST List 16.606

Wed Mar 02 2005

Books: Hist Ling, Eng/Afro-Hispanic: Smitterberg/Lipski

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        1.    Eric van Broekhuizen, The progressive in 19th-century English: Smitterberg
        2.    Joyce Reid, A History of Afro-Hispanic Language: Lipski

Message 1: The progressive in 19th-century English: Smitterberg

Date: 01-Mar-2005
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <>
Subject: The progressive in 19th-century English: Smitterberg

Title: The progressive in 19th-century English
Subtitle: A process of integration.
Series Title: Language and Computers Vol. 54
Published: 2005
Publisher: Rodopi

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Author: Erik Smitterberg
Hardback: ISBN: 904201735X Pages: XVI, 284 pp. Price: Europe EURO 60

The present volume is an empirical, corpus-based study of the progressive
in 19th-century English. As the 1800s have been relatively neglected in
previous research, and as the study is based on a new cross-genre corpus
focusing on this period (CONCE = A Corpus of Nineteenth-Century English),
the volume adds significantly to our knowledge of the historical
development of the progressive. The use of two separate measures enables an
accurate account of the frequency development of the progressive, which is
also related to multi-feature/multi-dimensional analyses. Other topics
covered include the complexity of progressive verb phrases and the
distribution of the construction across linguistic parameters such as
clause type. Special attention is paid to progressives that express
something beyond purely aspectual meaning. The results show that the
progressive became more fully integrated into English grammar over the 19th
century, but also that linguistic and extralinguistic parameters affected
this integration process; for instance, the construction was more common in
women's than in men's private letters. Owing to the wide methodological
scope of the study, it is of interest to linguists specializing in corpus
linguistics, language variation and change, verbal syntax, the progressive,
or the linguistic expression of aspect, either in synchrony or diachrony.

Table of contents
List of tables and figures
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Material and data
Chapter 3. The frequency of the progressive in 19th-century English
Chapter 4. M-coefficients and factor score analysis
Chapter 5. Morphosyntactic variation in the verb phrase
Chapter 6. Variation with linguistic parameters
Chapter 7. The not-solely-aspectual progressive: An analytical approach
Chapter 8. Concluding discussion
Appendix 1. Primary material: The CONCE corpus
Appendix 2. Text-level codes used in CONCE
Appendix 3. Tests for statistical significance

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

Written In: English (ENG )

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Message 2: A History of Afro-Hispanic Language: Lipski

Date: 07-Feb-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: A History of Afro-Hispanic Language: Lipski

Title: A History of Afro-Hispanic Language
Subtitle: Five Centuries, Five Continents
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: John M Lipski, Pennsylvania State University
Hardback: ISBN: 0521822653 Pages: 376 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0521822653 Pages: 376 Price: U.S. $ 110.00

The African slave trade, beginning in the fifteenth century, brought
African languages into contact with Spanish and Portuguese, resulting in
the Africans' gradual acquisition of these languages. In this book, John
Lipski describes the major forms of Afro-Hispanic language found in the
Iberian Peninsula and Latin America over the last 500 years. As well as
discussing pronunciation, morphology and syntax, he separates legitimate
forms of Afro-Hispanic expression from those that result from racist
stereotyping, to assess how contact with the African diaspora has had a
permanent impact on contemporary Spanish. A principal issue is the
possibility that Spanish, in contact with speakers of African languages,
may have creolized and restructured - in the Caribbean and perhaps
elsewhere - permanently affecting regional and social varieties of Spanish
today. The book is accompanied by the largest known anthology of primary
Afro-Hispanic texts from Iberia, Latin America, and former Afro-Hispanic
contacts in Africa and Asia.

1. Africans in the Iberian Peninsular, the slave trade, and overview of
Afro-Iberian linguistic contacts

2. Early Afro-Portuguese texts

3. Early Afro-Hispanic texts

4. Africans in colonial Spanish America

5. Afro-Hispanic texts from Latin America

6. Survey of major African language families

7. Phonetics/phonology of Afro-Hispanic language

8. Grammatical features of Afro-Hispanic language

9. The Spanish-creole debate.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Description

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (POR)
                            Spanish (SPN)
Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (ENG )

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