LINGUIST List 8.809

Sun Jun 1 1997

Books: Historical Linguistics

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Message 1: New Books: Historical Linguistics

Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 16:03:24 -0400
From: Tony Schiavo <tonybenjamins.com>
Subject: New Books: Historical Linguistics

NEW TITLES FROM JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING


HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS:


HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS 1993. SELECTED PAPERS FROM THE 11TH INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE ON HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS, LOS ANGELES, 16-20 AUGUST 1993.
Henning Andersen (ed.)
1995 x, 460 pp. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 124
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 578 8 Price: US$110.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 3627 5 Price: Hfl. 190,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

This volume contains a selection of papers from the 11th International
Conference on Historical Linguistics; among them are a few presented
at the workshop on Typology and Parameters organized during the
conference. The 34 papers discuss a variety of topics, reflecting the
latest developments in research in historical linguistics and covering
a wide range of languages.
Contributions by: Andrew Allen; Gregory S. Anderson; Julie Auger;
Laurel Brinton & Dieter Stein; V=EDt Bubenik; Kate Burridge;
Concepci=F3n Company; C. Jac Conradie; Thomas D. Cravens & Luciano
Giannelli; Naomi Cull; Andrei Danchev; Bridget Drinka; Richard
Epstein; Jadranka Gvozdanovic; Kaoru Horie; Masataka Ishikawa; Bernard
Jacquinod; Dieter Kastovsky; Ritva Laury; Leena L=F6fstedt, Silvia
Luraghi; Maria Manoliu-Manea; Jaap van Marle; Ana Maria Martins;
Chantal Melis; Robert W. Murray; Johanna Nichols; Jairo Nunes; Claudia
Parodi; Betty S. Philips; Susan Pintzuk; Pieter van Reenen & Lene
Schosler; Elke Ronneberger-Sibold; Nigel Vincent.


COMPARATIVE INDO-EUROPEAN LINGUISTICS. AN INTRODUCTION
Robert S.P. Beekes
1995 xxii, 376 pp. 
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 504 4 Price: US$75.00
Paper: 1 55619 505 2 Price: $24.95
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 2150 2 Price: Hfl. 125,--
Paper: 90 272 2151 0 Price: Hfl. 50,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

This book gives a comprehensive introduction to Comparative
Indo-European Linguistics, the first to appear in English.
It starts with a presentation of the languages of the family (from
English and the other Germanic languages, the Celtic and Slavic
languages, Latin, Greek and Sanskrit through Armenian and Albanian)
and a discussion of the culture and origin of the Indo-Europeans, the
speakers of the Indo-European proto-language, who are considered to
have lived in what is today the Ukraine.
The book gives an introduction into the nature of language change and
the methods of reconstruction of older language stages, with many
examples (from the Indo-European languages). A full description is
given of the sound changes, which makes it possible to follow the
origin of the different Indo-European languages step by step. This is
followed by a discussion of the development of all the morphological
categories of Proto-Indo-European.
The book presents the latest in scholarly insights, like the laryngeal
and glottalic theory, accentuation, the ablaut patterns and these are
systematically integrated into the treatment. While the book presents
a large amount of material and discusses many principles and the
relevant terminology, it is written in a very readable and lucid
style. Use of the book is facilitated by an appendix on phonetics, a
glossary, full indexes, and an extensive bibliography. The book can be
used as a first introduction to the field, and at the same time brings
the reader to the current moment of research.


ZUR GESCHICHTE DER DEUTSCHEN SPRACHE. NEW EDITION WITH AN INTRODUCTORY
ARTICLE BY KURT R. JANKOWSKY
Wilhelm Scherer
1995 lxii, 246 pp. Amsterdam Classics in Linguistics, 16
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 770 5 Price: US$97.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 1994 X Price: Hfl. 170,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

Wilhelm Scherer (1841-1886) has gained wide recognition for his
extraordinary accomplishments in linguistics as well as in literary
studies. His first and most important contribution to the development
of linguistic science was his monumental work of 508 pages Zur
Geschichte der deutschen Sprache, published in 1868. His stated
objective was "to subject all aspects of the Germanic grammar to a new
treatment." While such a wording sounds rather modest, the actual
implementation in his book, if viewed within the framework of his
time, might very appropriately be called revolutionary. He broke with
August Schleicher's distinction between 'development' (in
prehistorical time) and 'decay' (in historical time) in the history of
language and replaced it with his notion of continuous, uninterrupted
development. His survey of the relevant literature of his time is
almost exhaustive, and his findings serve as the solid stepping stone
for his own advances.
To facilitate reading, the editor has supplied an index of names (with
life dates), a complete listing of the literature referred to by
Scherer as well as an introduction to Scherer's life and his general
scholarly achievements.


TOWARDS A HISTORY OF THE BASQUE LANGUAGE
Jose Ignacio Hualde, Joseba A. Lakarra & R.L. Trask (eds.)
1995 365 pp. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 131
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 585 0 Price: US$90.00
Rest of world: Cloth: 90 272 3634 8 Price: Hfl. 150,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

Questions related to the origin and history of the Basque language
spark considerable interest, since it is the only surviving
pre-Indo-European language in western Europe. However, until now,
there was no readily available source in English providing answers to
these questions or giving an overview of past and current research in
this area. This book is intended to partly fill this void.
The book contains both state-of-the-art papers which summarize our
knowledge about particular areas of Basque historical linguistics, and
articles presenting new hypotheses and points of view based on hard
evidence and careful analysis.
All contributors to this volume have demonstrated expertise in the
topic within Basque historical linguistics that their chapter
addresses. Two classical articles by the late Luis Michelena are
included in English translation. In addition, the book includes
studies on diachronic phonology, morphology and syntax. The relation
of Basque to other languages is also investigated in a couple of
chapters.


ENGLISH HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS 1994. PAPERS FROM THE 8TH INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE ON ENGLISH HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS (8 ICEHL, EDINBURGH, 19-23
SEPTEMBER 1994)
1996 viii, 403 pp. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 135
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 590 7 Price: US$84.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 3639 9 Price: Hfl. 150,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

This volume offers a selection of 19 papers from those read at the 8th
International Conference on English Historical Linguistics. The topics
discussed span the whole history of English from the Common Germanic
period to the present century. The book also includes, as appropriate
to the conference venue, a number of papers on the aspects of the
historical development of Scots and Scottish English.


HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS. PRAGMATIC DEVELOPMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH
Andreas H. Jucker (ed.)
1995 xvi, 624 pp. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 35
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 328 9 Price: US$97.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 5047 2 Price: Hfl. 170,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

Until very recently, pragmatics has been restricted to the analysis of
contemporary spoken language while historical linguistics has studied
historical texts and language change in a decontextualized way. This
has now radically changed and scholars from around the world are
trying to build a new theoretical framework that integrates recent
advances both in pragmatics and in historical linguistics.
This volume, which contains 22 original titles,starts with an
introduction that is both a state-of-the-art account of historical
pragmatics and a programmatic statement of its future potential and
its different subfields.
Part I contains seven pragmaphilological papers that deal with
historical texts and their interpretations by paying close attention
to the communicative context of these texts.
The second and third parts comprise papers in diachronic pragmatics.
The ten papers of Part II take a linguistic form as their starting
point, e.g. particular lexical items or syntactic constructions, and
study their pragmatic functions at different times (diachronic
form-to-function mappings), while the four papers of Part III take a
particular pragmatic function as their starting point. e.g. discourse
strategies or politeness, and study their linguistic realisation at
different times (diachronic function-to-form mappings).
Contributions by: C. Allen; U. Bach; H. Bergrer; E. Bern=E1rdez &
P. Tejada; M. Fludernik: G. Fritz; W. H=FCllen; A. Jacobs & A. Jucker;
R. Kopytko; S. Kryk-Kastovsky; J. Lennard; J. de Lima;
P. Navarro-Errasti; T, Nevalainen & H. Raumolin-Brunberg; N. Onodera;
G. Ronberg, S. Schwenter & E. Traugott; I. Taavistainen; T. Virtanen;
K. Wales; S. W=E5rvik; R. Watts


SEMITIC AND INDO-EUROPEAN: THE PRINCIPAL ETYMOLOGIES. WITH OBSERVATIONS ON
AFRO-ASIATIC
Saul Levin
1995 xxii, 514 pp. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 129
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 583 4 Price: US$97.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 3632 1 Price: Hfl. 170,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

This volume presents the key examples of morphological correspondences
between Indo-European and Semitic languages, afforded by nouns, verbal
roots, pronouns, prepositions, and numerals. Its focus is on shared
morphology embodied in the cognate vocabulary.
The facts that are brought out in this volume do not fit comfortably
within either the Indo-Europeanists' or the Semitists' conception of
the prehistoric development of their languages. Nonetheless they are
so fundamental that many would take them for evidence of a single
original source, 'Proto-Nostratic'. In this book, however, it is
considered unsettled whether proto-IE and proto-Semitic had a common
forerunner. But the IE-Semitic combinations testify at least to
prehistoric language communities in truly intimate contact.

Questions? Contact Bernie Keck
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