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Language Contact and the Origins of the Germanic Languages

Language Contact and the Origins of the Germanic Languages

1st Edition

By Peter Schrijver
November 04, 2016

History, archaeology, and human evolutionary genetics provide us with an increasingly detailed view of the origins and development of the peoples that live in Northwestern Europe. This book aims to restore the key position of historical linguistics in this debate by treating the history of the ...

Metonymy and Language A New Theory of Linguistic Processing

Metonymy and Language: A New Theory of Linguistic Processing

1st Edition

By Charles Denroche
November 03, 2016

Metonymy and Language presents a new theory of language and communication in which the central focus is on the concept of metonymy, the recognition of partial matches and overlaps. Through the use of original data sets and rigorous primary research, Denroche characterizes metonymy as key to ...

Conceptualizing Metaphors On Charles Peirce’s Marginalia

Conceptualizing Metaphors: On Charles Peirce’s Marginalia

1st Edition

By Ivan Mladenov
December 01, 2014

The enigmatic thought of Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914), considered by many to be one of the great philosophers of all time, involves inquiry not only into virtually all branches and sources of modern semiotics, physics, cognitive sciences, and mathematics, but also logic, which he understood to be ...

The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes

The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes

1st Edition

By Graeme Ritchie
February 25, 2014

This book starts from three observations. First, the use of humour is a complex, puzzling, and idiosyncratically human form of behaviour (and hence is of scientific interest). Second, there is currently no theory of how humour works. Third, one useful step towards a theory of humour is to analyze ...

The Irish Language in Ireland From Goídel to Globalisation

The Irish Language in Ireland: From Goídel to Globalisation

1st Edition

By Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
June 24, 2013

This book comprises the first complete treatment of the Irish language in social context throughout the whole of Ireland, with a particular focus on contemporary society. The possibilities and limitations of the craft of language planning for the revival of the Irish language are outlined and the ...

Style and Ideology in Translation Latin American Writing in English

Style and Ideology in Translation: Latin American Writing in English

1st Edition

By Jeremy Munday
June 16, 2009

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this book investigates the style, or ‘voice,’ of English language translations of twentieth-century Latin American writing, including fiction, political speeches, and film. Existing models of stylistic analysis, supported at times by computer-assisted ...

Metaphor and Reconciliation The Discourse Dynamics of Empathy in Post-Conflict Conversations

Metaphor and Reconciliation: The Discourse Dynamics of Empathy in Post-Conflict Conversations

1st Edition

By Lynne J. Cameron
January 29, 2013

Sixteen years after her father was killed by an IRA bomb, Jo Berry had her first conversation with the man responsible. She had made a long journey, ‘walking the footsteps of the bombers’ as she put it, determined not to give in to anger and revenge but to try to understand his motivations and ...

Structure in Language A Dynamic Perspective

Structure in Language: A Dynamic Perspective

1st Edition

By Thomas Berg
September 20, 2012

This book examines one of the allegedly unique features of human language: structure sensitivity. Its point of departure is the distinction between content and structural units, which are defined in psycholinguistic terms. The focus of the book is on structural representations, in particular their ...

Semantics and Pragmatics of False Friends

Semantics and Pragmatics of False Friends

1st Edition

By Pedro J. Chamizo-Domínguez
November 09, 2010

This book approaches the topic of false friends from a theoretical perspective, arguing that false friends carry out a positive role as a cognitive device, mainly in literature and jokes, and suggesting some pragmatic strategies in order to restore the original sense of a text/utterance when a ...

Lesbian Discourses Images of a Community

Lesbian Discourses: Images of a Community

1st Edition

By Veronika Koller
June 07, 2010

Lesbian Discourses is the first book-length treatment of lesbian text and discourse. It looks at what changing images of community American and British lesbian authors have communicated since 1970, how this change can be traced in texts such as pamphlets, magazines and blogs, and why this ...

The Linguistics of Laughter A Corpus-Assisted Study of Laughter-Talk

The Linguistics of Laughter: A Corpus-Assisted Study of Laughter-Talk

1st Edition

By Alan Partington
October 13, 2009

The Linguistics of Laughter examines what speakers try to achieve by producing ‘laughter-talk’ (the talk preceding and eliciting an episode of laughter) and, by using abundant examples from language corpora, what hearers are signalling when they produce laughter. In particular, Alan Partington ...

The Communication of Leadership The Design of Leadership Style

The Communication of Leadership: The Design of Leadership Style

1st Edition

By Jonathan Charteris-Black
September 15, 2008

With the crisis of leadership in the western democracies, there has been a growth of interest in how leaders outside of the west emerge and consolidate their positions. This book analyses the communication strategies of six charismatic non-western leaders: Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Fidel ...

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