This book presents a new theory of grammatical categories - the Universal Spine Hypothesis - and reinforces generative notions of Universal Grammar while accommodating insights from linguistic typology.
"Germany is the land of foreign word dictionaries," Peter von Polenz wrote in 1967,
commenting on the German tendency to use borrowed expressions. While much research
has focused on older and purist works, this investigation considers the foreign word
dictionary in its entirety from 1800-2007. It addresses not only the structural and
lexicographic diversity of this dictionary type, but also discusses relevant
historical factors as well as the individual authors' definitions of what borrowed
expressions are. A nuanced picture of foreign word dictionaries in Germany is thus