LEL autumn book round-up

Posted on October 29, 2014 by

Current and former LELers continue to produce weighty tomes on matters linguistic!

LEL PhD alumna Ayumi Miura, who is now assistant professor at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan, has published a revised version of her thesis, Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions, with Oxford University Press. The book provides a careful analysis of the correlation between Middle English verbs of emotion and use or non-use in impersonal constructions, a new empirical and theoretical contribution to the busy research area of impersonal constructions in the history of English, and a novel use of the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary and Middle English Dictionary. It is due to ship next week.

Prolific professor Yaron Matras also has a new book out in the near future: The Romani Gypsies, with Harvard University Press. The book is a broad study of Romani history, society and language, and offers new perspectives on current political and social attitudes to the Roms in Europe.

Head of Division Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen sees an edited volume released this week: The Diachrony of Negation, co-edited with Jacqueline Visconti. From the blurb:

Despite intensive research, negation remains elusive. Its expression across languages, its underlying cognitive mechanisms, its development across time, and related phenomena, such as negative polarity and negative concord, leave many unresolved issues of both a definitional and a substantive nature. Such issues are at the heart of the present volume, which presents a twofold contribution. The first part offers a mix of large-scale typological surveys and in-depth investigation of the evolution of negation in individual languages and language families that have not frequently been studied from this point of view, such as Chinese, Berber, Quechua, and Austronesian languages. The second part centers on French, a language whose early stages are comparatively richly documented and which therefore provides an important test case for hypotheses about the diachrony of negative marking. Representing, moreover, a variety of theoretical approaches, the volume will be of interest to researchers on negation, language change, and typology.

Maj-Britt’s own chapter is on The grammaticalization of negative indefinites: The case of the temporal/aspectual n-words plus and mais in Medieval French, and kicks off the French-focused part of the book.

Manchet will inevitably be back with more books soon! So many things to read, so little time.