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Title: West of Eden
Subtitle: Botanical Discourse, Contact Languages and Translation
Written By: Rosanna Masiola
Renato Tomei
Description:

West of Eden is an extensive cross-disciplinary study covering a huge range
of topics in the field of botanical discourse within colonial and
post-colonial contexts. Stemming from an existing European tradition of
name giving to take possession of the ‘rarities’ of the new world, it
extends to female writing, songs and Bible translation into Creoles. It
analyses the diversity of nomenclature in the different geographic areas:
the Americas, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

What is at stake here is also the loss of roots and identity when, as in
the case of the Afro-Caribbean plants have been brought along the
slave-route from the different parts of Africa.

With other established authorities (Allsopp, Alleyne, Cassidy), the authors
take vibrant stance against the prejudice that contact languages develop
endless synonyms for one plant, when phytonyms are allonyms, i.e. coming
from other places and other languages. But most of all West of Eden tells
us a lot about the richness of an eco-literature which is at risk. The loss
of a flower or plant, may also mean the loss of the name it had in language
system, and vice-versa. The two factors are inter-dependent.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443810053
ISBN-13: 9781443810050
Pages: 245
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99