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

Please Note: This is a new version of a previously announced text.

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: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Sociolinguistics
Translation
Ling & Literature
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781443810050
Pages: 245
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99