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LINGUIST List 19.188

Wed Jan 16 2008

Books: Historical Ling/Morphology/Text&Corpus Ling: Ramos

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, English Medical Vocabulary in Ophthalmology: Ramos

Message 1: English Medical Vocabulary in Ophthalmology: Ramos
Date: 14-Jan-2008
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: English Medical Vocabulary in Ophthalmology: Ramos
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Title: English Medical Vocabulary in Ophthalmology
Subtitle: A Historical Review
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in English Linguistics 13
Published: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Maria Jose Esteve Ramos
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895860232 Pages: 306 Price: Europe EURO 80.00

The study of scientific language and literature has been a major trend
within the wider field of English studies, and a lot of research has
focused on the study of its lexicon in each period from a synchronic

However, a diachronic review of a specific field of science had only been
undertaken in specific periods of the language, and not much attention had
been paid to the evolution of a subspecialty from its early origin to our
present day use. This work attempts a study of the lexicon referred to
anatomy and disease terms from a morphological and etymological point of
view. Results suggest that the presence of the native lexicon may be higher
than expected, and that the language of ophthalmology presents its own
characteristics since as early as Old English, defining the specialised
area with a terminology of its own, a version of what is nowadays called
ESP. Seven texts, each of them belonging to the main periods of the
language, have been selected in order to extract the data. Interesting
conclusions regarding the composition of medical vocabulary proof that the
historical perspective enhances and implements the modern idea of the
Latinate predominance in this area.

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

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Old English (ang)

Written In: English (eng )

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