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New and Published Books

  1. Linguistic Epidemiology

    Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia

    By N.J. Enfield

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

    This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese.The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on...

    Published August 14th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Corpus-Based Contrastive Studies of English and Chinese

    By Tony McEnery, Richard Xiao

    Series: Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics

    This book is concerned with cross-linguistic contrast of major grammatical categories in English and Chinese, two most important yet genetically different world languages. This genetic difference has resulted in many subsidiary differences that are, among other things, related to grammar. Compared...

    Published July 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics

    Edited by Claire Bowern, Bethwyn Evans

    Series: Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics

    The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics provides a survey of the field covering the methods which underpin current work; models of language change; and the importance of historical linguistics for other subfields of linguistics and other disciplines. Divided into five sections, the...

    Published June 26th 2014 by Routledge

  4. A History of the Chinese Language

    By Hongyuan Dong

    A History of the Chinese Language provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its proto Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric times to Modern Standard Chinese. Taking a highly accessible and balanced approach, it presents a chronological survey of...

    Published April 14th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Roman Jakobson

    Edited by Margaret Thomas

    Series: Critical Assessments of Leading Linguists

    Although Roman Jakobson (1886–1982) styled himself a ‘Russian philologist’, that epithet covers only a fraction of his disciplinary breadth and international impact. In a long and prolific career, he wrote about theoretical and applied linguistics, phonology, prosody, poetics, semiotics,...

    Published March 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  6. Linguistic Strategies in Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism

    The Other Way of Speaking

    By Youru Wang

    As the first systematic attempt to probe the linguistic strategies of Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism, this book investigates three areas: deconstructive strategy, liminology of language, and indirect communication. It bases these investigations on the critical examination of original texts,...

    Published February 12th 2014 by Routledge

  7. The History of Basque

    By R. L. Trask

    Basque is the sole survivor of the very ancient languages of Western Europe. This book, written by an internationally renowned specialist in Basque, provides a comprehensive survey of all that is known about the prehistory of the language, including pronunciation, the grammar and the vocabulary. It...

    Published February 4th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Historical Linguistics

    Edited by Brian D. Joseph, Hope Dawson

    Series: Critical Concepts in Linguistics

    SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE!(Valid until 3 months after publication) Historical linguistics is concerned with the way languages change over time, looking both at the distant past and at the present day, and taking as its point of departure the truism that the only constant in language is that it is...

    Published December 8th 2013 by Routledge

  9. The Chomsky Update (RLE Linguistics A: General Linguistics)

    By Raphael Salkie

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Linguistics

    Noam Chomsky has been described as ‘arguably the most important intellectual alive’. His revolutionary work in linguistics has aroused intense scholarly interest, while his trenchant critique of United States foreign policy and his incisive analysis of the role of intellectuals in modern society...

    Published November 20th 2013 by Routledge

  10. The Conceptual Basis of Language (RLE Linguistics A: General Linguistics)

    By David McNeill

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Linguistics

    In this volume, the author deals explicitly and literally with the speech-thought relationship. Departing boldly from contemporary linguistic and psycholinguistic thinking, the author offers us one of the truly serious efforts since Vygotsky to deal with this question. A unifying theme is the...

    Published November 20th 2013 by Routledge