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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Text Type and Texture
Edited By: Gail Forey
Geoffrey Thompson
Series Title: Functional Linguistics
Description:

Texture – the quality that makes a text ‘hang together’ as a text – is a
key focus of investigation in discourse analysis. This volume provides a
systematic overview of recent research on textual resources that are used
to construct texture, and on the ways in which these resources are deployed
differently in different text types. Theme is the major resource that is
explored in the first part of the book. The opening papers set out the
current understanding of Theme and explore aspects of the concept which
remain controversial in the field. This is followed by an examination of
thematic choices in a range of text types. Issues raised include the
different kinds of meanings appearing in Theme which are particularly
significant for each genre, the ways in which these relate to the broader
socio-cultural context, and the ways in which thematic choices interact
with other kinds of texturing. In the second part of the collection, the
scope widens to include an examination of other resources, particularly the
contribution to texture made by patterns of interpersonal choices, in Theme
and more broadly across texts as a whole. The volume closes with an
overview and illustration of a methodological approach by which our
understanding of texturing can be further extended.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1845532147
ISBN-13: 9781845532147
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00
U.S. $ 95.00