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Mon Dec 20 2010

Books: Discourse Analysis: Brownlees et al. (Eds) - Syntax: Diouy

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        1.     Chris Humphrey , The Language of Public and Private Communication in a Historical Perspective: Brownlees, Del Lungo Camiciotti, Denton (Eds)         2.     Chris Humphrey , Some Aspects of Moroccan Arabic Agrammatism: Diouy

Message 1: The Language of Public and Private Communication in a Historical Perspective: Brownlees, Del Lungo Camiciotti, Denton (Eds)
Date: 07-Dec-2010
From: Chris Humphrey <chumphreyc-s-p.org>
Subject: The Language of Public and Private Communication in a Historical Perspective: Brownlees, Del Lungo Camiciotti, Denton (Eds)
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Title: The Language of Public and Private Communication in a Historical
Perspective
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
                http://www.c-s-p.org

Editor: Nicholas Brownlees
Editor: Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti
Editor: John Denton
Hardback: ISBN: 1443821411 9781443821414 Pages: 390 Price: U.K. £ 44.99
Abstract:

This volume examines a fundamental concept of language within a historical
perspective. The concept is that of public and private communication, the
historical period ranges from the late middle ages to the late modern, and
the language is English. In short, what are the linguistic traits,
discursive practices, communicative settings and intentions which identify
and contrast public from private communication, supposing it is possible to
make such a fine distinction? The volume contains contributions from top
international scholars working in the fields of, for example, historical
correspondence, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century print news,
sixteenth-century liturgy and political discourse, the language of quack
doctors, late modern travel writing, personal notebooks, and even the
eighteenth-century public discourse of shopping. As this ground-breaking
volume is not just about key concepts in the history of the English
language, but also examines at a more general level the concept of private
and public communication, the various chapters will interest scholars
working in language and communication generally as well as English
historical discourse.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Ling & Literature
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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Message 2: Some Aspects of Moroccan Arabic Agrammatism: Diouy
Date: 07-Dec-2010
From: Chris Bryce <crbrycec-s-p.org>
Subject: Some Aspects of Moroccan Arabic Agrammatism: Diouy
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Title: Some Aspects of Moroccan Arabic Agrammatism
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
                http://www.c-s-p.org

Author: Samirn Diouy
Hardback: ISBN: 1443821551 9781443821551 Pages: 210 Price: U.K. £ 39.99
Abstract:

This book is a contribution to the ongoing debate in agrammatism, an
acquired language disorder resulting from left hemisphere brain damage. The
aim of the book is (1) to give a comprehensive account of agrammatism and
outlines and critically examines the different accounts of agrammatic
production and asyntactic comprehension, (2) to address morphological and
structural properties of Moroccan Arabic agrammatic speech and (3) to put
under scrutiny Friedmann and Grodzinsky's (1997) syntactic account of
tense and agreement in production and across modalities. The book attempts
to answer two important research questions: Are tense and agreement
dissociated as predicted by the Tree-Pruning Hypothesis (Friedmann and
Grodzinsky, 1997)? Is the tense/agreement dissociation
"production-specific", or does it extend to comprehension and
grammaticality judgment? A third objective of the book is to examine the
comprehension abilities of four Moroccan Arabic-speaking agrammatic
subjects in the light of the Trace Deletion Hypothesis (Grodzinsky, 1995 a,
b). A major research question is whether or not active sentences and
subject relative sentences are understood better than object relative
sentences. The book takes the view the tense/agreement dissociation
reported for Hebrew (Friedmann and Grodzinsky, 1997) and German (Wenzlaff
and Clahsen, 2003) can be replicated in Moroccan Arabic. However, the
syntactic account as outlined in Friedmann and Grodzinsky (1997) cannot
account for the tense/agreement dissociation as Moroccan Arabic has the
agreement node above the tense node. In addition, the Trace Deletion
Hypothesis cannot account for the comprehension difficulties experienced by
the four Moroccan Arabic-speaking agrammatic subjects; the case is so
because both subject relatives and object relatives are understood below
chance level. Based on data collected through different experimental
methods, it is argued that the deficit in agrammatism cannot be explained
in terms of a structural account, but rather in terms of a processing
account. Access to syntactic knowledge tends to be blocked; grammatical
knowledge, however, is entirely intact.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (ary)

Written In: English (eng )

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