LINGUIST List 8.928

Thu Jun 26 1997

Books: Romance Ling

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Message 1: New Book: Romance Linguistics

Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 13:23:12 -0400
From: Tony Schiavo <>
Subject: New Book: Romance Linguistics

We would like to bring to your attention this new book from
John Benjamins Publishing in the field of Romance Linguistics

Michael D. Picone
1996 xii, 462 pp. Lingvisticae Investigationes Supplementa, 18
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 258 4 Price:US$99.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 3127 3 Price: Hfl. 175,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site:
For further information via e-mail:
This comprehensive study of anglicisms in the context of accelerated
neological activity in Contemporary Metropolitan French not only
provides detailed documentation and description of a fascinating
topic, but opens up new vistas on issues of general linguistic
interest: the effects of technology on language, the
analyticity-syntheticity controversy, the lexical contribution to
language vitality, the study of compound word formation, the interplay
between cultural and linguistic affectivity. By investigating the
dynamics of borrowing within the larger framework of general
neological productivity and by bringing to bear cognitive and
pragmatic considerations, a much-needed fresh approach to the entire
question of Anglicisms takes shape. All pertinent phenomena regarding
Anglicisms in French - a topic which continues to command the
attention of language commentators and defenders in France and
elsewhere - are explored: integral borrowings, semantic calques,
structural calques, the generation of pseudo-Anglicisms and hybrids,
graphological and phonological phenomena. Rather than adhering
rigidly to any single theoretical model, there is an attempt to set up
a dialogue between differing models in order to arrive at a
multidimensional view of the phenomena investigated.

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Bernadette Keck:
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