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  • The Acquisition of Referenceby Ludovica Serratrice; Shanley E.M. Allen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2015; US$ 143.00

    Just like monolingual children, bilingual children need to carve up the referential space to understand and produce discourse-appropriate referential expressions. In the case of bilinguals, this demanding task additionally requires language-specific form-function mappings that may be structurally similar or different in their two languages. Cases of... more...

  • How to do Linguistics with Rby Natalia Levshina

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2015; US$ 158.00

    This chapter introduces motion charts as a method for dynamic visualization of language change. More specifically, they enable one to detect and explore changes in the use of constructions by visualizing the relative frequencies of different lexemes that fill in the constructional slots. The method is illustrated with a case study that explores the... more...

  • Consonant Strengthby Lisa M. Lavoie

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 47.95

    This book is a detailed examination of the phonetics and phonology of consonant strength, drawing data from parallel acoustic and articulatory studies of English and Spanish, as well as a cross linguistic survey of lenition and fortition. more...

  • On Multiple Source Constructions in Language Changeby Hendrik De Smet; Lobke Ghesquière; Freek Van de Velde

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2015; US$ 135.00

    Multiple sources abound in language, at all levels of linguistic analysis (phonology, syntax, semantics, etc.), and in a range of historical pursuits, including etymology and variationist investigations. From a methodological standpoint, moreover, recognizing multiple sources is often good historical linguistic practice (contrary to inclinations towards... more...

  • From Conversation to Oral Traditionby Raymond F Person

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    This book argues that many of the most prominent features of oral epic poetry in a number of traditions can best be understood as adaptations or stylizations of conversational language use, and advances the claim that if we can understand how conversation is structured, it will aid our understanding of oral traditions. In this study that carefully... more...

  • New Words for Oldby Caroline Taggart

    Michael O'Mara 2015; US$ 9.99

    The English language is a versatile and agile thing, and as our world changes, so too does the way we use it. Sometimes we coin new words for new creations, but very often we adopt and adapt existing words to suit new purposes, or simply put two together to form a third.New Words for Old looks at the story behind some of the words we use every day... more...

  • Inflectional Defectivenessby Andrea Sims

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 88.00

    An accessible exploration of how defectiveness emerges from the implicative organization of paradigms and the structure of the lexicon. more...

  • The Pragmatics of Personal Pronounsby Laure Gardelle; Sandrine Sorlin

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2015; US$ 149.00

    Second person forms of pronouns (e.g. Engl. you , Germ. du ) or verbs (e.g. Russian pišeš ‘you write’) have a basically deictic function and refer to the addressee. In uses that have been called “impersonal” or “non-canonical”, the second person forms are used in a generalizing way (e.g. You only live... more...

  • Address Practice As Social Actionby Catrin Norrby; Camilla Wide

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 40.00

    How we address one another says a great deal about our social relationships and which groups in society we belong to. This edited volume examines address choices in a range of everyday interactions taking place in Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Italian and the two national varieties of Swedish, Finland Swedish and Sweden Swedish. more...

  • The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Bordersby Tomasz Kamusella; Motoki Nomachi; Catherine Gibson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 210.00

    This book analyzes the creation of languages across the Slavophone areas of the world and their deployment for political projects and identity building, mainly after 1989. It offers perspectives from a number of disciplines such as sociolinguistics, socio-political history and language policy. more...