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

By David Crystal

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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: Prozesse sprachlicher Verstärkung [Processes of Linguistic Strengthening]
Subtitle: Typen formaler Resegmentierung und semantischer Remotivierung
Edited By: Rüdiger Harnisch
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110223859-1
Series Title: Linguistik - Impulse & Tendenzen 37
Description:

Processes in which linguistic entities are "weakened" formally and in their
meaning (e.g. "Kien-Föhre" > "Kiefer") have been well researched, but
"strengthening processes" (e.g. Caribbean "hamaca" > folk-etymological
explanation "Hänge-matte") in which linguistic entities are first created have
hardly been researched at all. The intention of this volume is to fill this gap by
exploring both normal folk-etymologies and more subtle ones. The examples
presented include: the interpretation in children's language of heiser as the
comparative form of "heis" - i.e. "heis-er", the literal interpretation of
expressions (e.g. "Gastarbeiter" [guest workers] is considered wrong, because
guests and work are mutually exclusive) and the attribution of meanings derived
from world knowledge to words, which are not contained in the words' literal
meaning (see the choices of Germany's annual "Unwort" competition for the "un-
word" or "No-No Word of the Year"). Pleonasms (such as "Hai-Fisch" instead of
just Hai) round off the thematic spectrum.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Semantics
Grammaticalization
Historical Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110223866
Pages: 383
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ISBN-13: 9783110223859
Pages: 383
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