Books: English Historical Linguistics 2008: Sauer, Waxenberger (Eds)
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Title: English Historical Linguistics 2008
Subtitle: Selected papers from the fifteenth International Conference on English
Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 15), Munich, 24-30 August 2008. Volume II:
Words, texts and genres
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 324
Publisher: John Benjamins
Editor: Hans Sauer
Editor: Gaby Waxenberger
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273574 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273574 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273574 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248428 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248428 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248428 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.
The fifteen papers selected for Volume II of English Historical Linguistics 2008 have a different emphasis than those in Volume I (CILT 314, Lenker et al. 2010). Nine concentrate on the development of the English vocabulary and six on historical text linguistics, including the development of text-types and of politeness strategies. Of those in the former group, three have their emphasis on etymology, three on semantic fields, and three on word-formation, although some cover more than one of these areas. The topics include: the treatment of etymological problems in the OED; deverbal derivations formed from native verbs and from loan-verbs; the role of metaphor and metonymy in the evolution of word-fields. The field of historical text linguistics is introduced by a general survey, which is followed by more specific studies focussing on 15th-century legal and administrative texts from Scotland, on early 15th-century women's mystical writings, on medical recipes from the 16th to the 18th centuries and on pauper letters from 18th-century Essex.
The book should appeal to scholars interested in English etymology, the history of semantic fields and of word-formation, as well as in historical text linguistics, politeness strategies and standardization. It provides not only theoretical considerations but also a wealth of case studies.