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LINGUIST List 21.3641

Wed Sep 15 2010

Books: Discourse Analysis/Morphology/Historical Ling: Harnisch (Ed)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Prozesse sprachlicher Verstärkung [Processes of Linguistic Strengthening]: Harnisch (Ed)

Message 1: Prozesse sprachlicher Verstärkung [Processes of Linguistic Strengthening]: Harnisch (Ed)
Date: 09-Sep-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Prozesse sprachlicher Verstärkung [Processes of Linguistic Strengthening]: Harnisch (Ed)
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Title: Prozesse sprachlicher Verstärkung [Processes of Linguistic
Strengthening]
Subtitle: Typen formaler Resegmentierung und semantischer Remotivierung
Series Title: Linguistik - Impulse & Tendenzen 37
Published: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110223859-1

Editor: Rüdiger Harnisch
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110223866 Pages: 383 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110223859 Pages: 383 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Processes in which linguistic entities are "weakened" formally and in their
meaning (e.g. "Kien-Föhre" > "Kiefer") have been well researched, but
"strengthening processes" (e.g. Caribbean "hamaca" > folk-etymological
explanation "Hänge-matte") in which linguistic entities are first created have
hardly been researched at all. The intention of this volume is to fill this gap by
exploring both normal folk-etymologies and more subtle ones. The examples
presented include: the interpretation in children's language of heiser as the
comparative form of "heis" - i.e. "heis-er", the literal interpretation of
expressions (e.g. "Gastarbeiter" [guest workers] is considered wrong, because
guests and work are mutually exclusive) and the attribution of meanings derived
from world knowledge to words, which are not contained in the words' literal
meaning (see the choices of Germany's annual "Unwort" competition for the "un-
word" or "No-No Word of the Year"). Pleonasms (such as "Hai-Fisch" instead of
just Hai) round off the thematic spectrum.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Grammaticalization
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: German, Standard (deu )

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