LINGUIST List 11.2082

Fri Sep 29 2000

Books: Language (Arabic/German/English)

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  1. Joyce Reid, Standard Arabic, E.Schulz, G.Krahl & W.Reuschel
  2. Joyce Reid, Using German Synonyms, M.Durrell
  3. Joyce Reid, The Development of Standard English, L.Wright (Ed.)

Message 1: Standard Arabic, E.Schulz, G.Krahl & W.Reuschel

Date: 28 Sep 2000 16:36:51 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Standard Arabic, E.Schulz, G.Krahl & W.Reuschel

Standard Arabic
An Elementary-Intermediate Course

Eckehard Schulz
G´┐Żnther Krahl
Wolfgang Reuschel
Formerly University of Leipzig

This book presents a comprehensive foundation course for beginning
students of written and spoken Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), providing
an essential grounding for successful communication with speakers of
the many colloquial varieties. This long-established and successful
text has been completely revised with the needs of English-speaking
learners especially in mind, and will prove invaluable to students and
teachers alike. 
* Step-by-step guide to understanding written and spoken texts 
* Develops conversational ability as well as reading and writing skills 
* Arabic-English Glossary containing 2600 entries 
* Fresh texts and dialogues containing up-to-date data on the Middle
 East and North Africa 
* Includes Arab folklore, customs, proverbs, and short essays on 
 contemporary topics 
* Grammatical terms also given in Arabic enabling students to attend 
 language courses in Arab countries
* Provides a wide variety of exercises and drills to reinforce grammar
 points, vocabulary learning and communicative strategies 
* Includes a key to the exercises 
* Accompanying cassettes also available.


Lesson 1. The alphabet (pronunciation and writing); 
Lesson 2. Article; Gender; The equational sentence; Agreement in gender; 
Lesson 3. Number; The personal pronoun; The noun and the adjective; 
 The adjective; 
Lesson 4. Radical, root, pattern; The broken plural; Declension and nunation;
 Stress; Prepositions;
Lesson 5. The perfect tense; The verbal sentence; The objective clause; 
 The Nisba-ending; 
Lesson 6. The genitive construction; Affixed pronouns; Definiteness(summary);
 The adverb; 
Lesson 7. The imperfect tense; Demonstrative pronouns; Diptotes; 
Lesson 8. Subjunctive and jussive; The imperative; Negation; 
Lesson 9. The dual; The numerals 1 and 2; 'How much/many'; 
 The names of the months; 
Lesson 10. Cardinal numerals; The year; 
Lesson 11. The perfect tense of verbs; Word order and the subject of 
 the sentence; 
Lesson 12. The imperfect tense of verbs; Subjunctive and jussive of verbs; 
 The imperative of verbs; The verbs; 
Lesson 13. Temporal auxiliary verbs; 
Lesson 14. Forms II, III and IV of the verb; The attributive relative clause; 
Lesson 15. Forms II, III and IV of verbs continued; The nominal relative 
Lesson 16. Ordinal numbers; Dates; The time; Numeral adverbs; Fractional 
 numbers; Numeral adverbs of reiteration; Decimal numbers; 
Lesson 17. Forms V and VI of the verb; Word order; Genitive constructions; 
Lesson 18. Forms VII, VIII and X of the verb; 
Lesson 19. The passive voice; About the construction of doubly transitive 
 verbs; Some characteristic features of the derived forms; 
Lesson 20. The collective; Names of nationalities; The feminine Nisba; 
Lesson 21. The participle; Patterns of the participle; The usage of the 
 participles; Shortened relative clauses; The participle as 
 predicate; The False Idafa; Participles and adjectives as 
 1st or 2nd term of the Idafa; Impersonal expressions; 
Lesson 22. The infinitive; The use; The infinitive instead of a subordinate 
 clause; Functional verbs; Functional verbs instead of passive 
 constructions; Adverb and adverbial constructions; The usage; 
 The cognate accusative; 
Lesson 23. Subordinate clauses: a survey; Temporal clauses; 
Lesson 24. Verbs R2=R3; Verbs with Hamza; The spelling of Hamza; 
 Clauses of reason; 
Lesson 25. The pattern; The elative as positive; The elative as comparative; 
 The elative as superlative; Common relatives; Specification; 
Lesson 26. Conditional sentences; The real conditional sentence; The unreal 
 conditional sentence; The concessive clause; 
Lesson 27. Exceptives; Other exceptive particles; Diminutives; 
Lesson 28. The Hal-accusative; The Hal-clause; Survey of use of the 
 accusative; Exclamations in the accusative.

2000/656 pp.
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77465-9/Pb/List: $29.95 Disc.: $23.96
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Message 2: Using German Synonyms, M.Durrell

Date: 28 Sep 2000 16:46:11 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Using German Synonyms, M.Durrell

Using German Synonyms

Martin Durrell, University of Manchester, UK

This book, designed for students who have already developed a basic
competence in German, aims to broaden and improve their vocabulary and
is invaluable as a guide to finding the right word for the context. It
provides detailed information on groups of German words with related
meanings, including examples of usage, English glosses, and regional
variations. There are two indexes allowing users quickly to locate
words in German or English. The book is an essential reference for
intermediate and advanced students as well as teachers and other
professional linguists seeking access to the finer nuances of the
German language.


Introduction; German synonyms; German word-index; English word-index.

2000/346 pp.
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Message 3: The Development of Standard English, L.Wright (Ed.)

Date: 29 Sep 2000 10:00:59 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: The Development of Standard English, L.Wright (Ed.)

The Development of Standard English, 1300 1800
Theories, Descriptions, Conflicts

Laura Wright, University of Cambridge

This book traces the development of Standard English, revealing a
complex and intriguing history that challenges the usual textbook
accounts. Leading scholars offer a wide-ranging analysis, from
theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to detailed
descriptions of the history of individual Standard English
features. Ranging from Middle English to the Modern English period,
the volume concludes that Standard English had no one single ancestor
dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of authoritative
writing from many text types.


Laura Wright, Jim Milroy, Richard J. Watts, Jonathan Hope, Raymond Hickey,
Gabriella Mazzon, Derek Keene, Matti Rissanen, Irma Taavitsainen, Anneli
Meurman-Solin, Merja Kyt^D"o, Suzanne Romaine, Susan Fitzmaurice, Roger Lass


Introduction Laura Wright; 
Part I. Theory and Methodology: Approaches to Studying the Standardisation 
 of English: 
1. Historical description and the ideology of the standard language 
 Jim Milroy; 
2. Mythical strands in the ideology of prescriptivism Richard J. Watts; 
3. Rats, bats, sparrows and dogs: biology, linguistics an the nature of 
 standard English Jonathan Hope; 
4. Salience, stima and standard Raymond Hickey; 
5. The ideology of the standard and the development of extraterritorial 
 Englishes Gabriella Mazzon; 
6. Metropolitan values: migration, mobility, and cultural norms, 
 London 1100 1700 Derek Keene; 

Part II. Processes of the Standardisation of English: 
7. Standardisation and the language of early statutes Matti Rissanen; 
8. Scientific language and spellingstandardisation 1375 1550 
 Irma Taavitsainen; 
9. Change from above or below? Mapping the loci of linguistic change in 
 the history of Scottish English Anneli Meurman-Solin; 
10. Adjective comparison and standardisation processes in American and 
 British English from 1620 to the present 
 Merja Kyt^D"o and Suzanne Romaine; 
11. The Spectator, the politics of social networks, and language 
 standardisation in eighteenth-century England Susan Fitzmaurice; 
12. A branching path: low vowel lengthening and its friends in the emerging 
 standard Roger Lass.

Studies in English Language

2000/248 pp./2 figures/5 graphs/7 maps/14 tables
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