Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Anglistik 2022.7

Pejo­ra­tive suf­fix­es and com­bin­ing forms in Eng­lish
BuchcoverThe book is a research mono­graph that reviews and revis­es the con­cept of lin­guis­tic pejo­ra­tion, and explores the role of 15 suf­fix­es and com­bin­ing forms, such as ‑ie, ‑o, ‑ard, ‑holic, ‑rrhea, ‑itis, ‑porn, ‑ish, in the for­ma­tion of Eng­lish pejo­ra­tives. The exam­i­na­tion of the inner struc­ture of the result­ing deriv­a­tives is based on an inno­v­a­tive method­ol­o­gy that encom­pass­es the the­o­ries and approach­es of Con­struc­tion Mor­phol­o­gy, Com­po­nen­tial Analy­sis, and Mor­pho­prag­mat­ics. Fol­low­ing the prin­ci­ples of this method­ol­o­gy, pejo­ra­tive words col­lect­ed from dic­tio­nar­ies and cor­po­ra (a total of approx­i­mate­ly 950 words) are abstract­ed into gen­er­al­iza­tions (or con­struc­tion­al schemas) where struc­tur­al and func­tion­al sim­i­lar­i­ties are used to cog­ni­tive­ly trace the ways in which neg­a­tive (or deri­sive) mean­ing is con­nect­ed with a spe­cif­ic form. Through this mul­ti­fac­eted method­ol­o­gy, my analy­sis show­cas­es the fact that the uni­ver­sal prop­er­ties of ‘diminu­tion’, ‘excess’, ‘resem­blance’, and ‘metonymiza­tion’ are what under­lie the mak­ing of pejo­ra­tive mean­ing. These gen­er­al­iza­tions, along with the schemat­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of for­ma­tives, can help lin­guists, or lin­guis­tics enthu­si­asts in gen­er­al, to under­stand the con­ven­tions and intri­ca­cy of lex­i­cal pejo­ra­tion.
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Sand­scapes: writ­ing the British sea­side
BuchcoverSand­scapes: Writ­ing the British Sea­side reflects on the unique topog­ra­phy of sand, sand­scapes, and the sea­side in British cul­ture and beyond. This book brings togeth­er cre­ative and crit­i­cal writ­ings that explore the ways sand speaks to us of hol­i­days and respite, but also of time and mor­tal­i­ty, of plen­i­tude and eter­ni­ty. Draw­ing togeth­er writ­ers from a range of back­grounds, the vol­ume explores the envi­ron­men­tal, social, per­son­al, cul­tur­al, and polit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of sand and the sea­side towns that have built up around it. The con­tri­bu­tions take a vari­ety of forms includ­ing fic­tion and non­fic­tion and cov­er top­ics rang­ing from sand dunes to sand min­ing, from sea­side sto­ries to shore­line archi­tec­ture, from sand grains to glob­al sand move­ments, from nar­ra­tives of the set­ting up of bed and break­fasts to sto­ries of sea­side decline. Often a sym­bol of arid­i­ty, sand is revealed in this book to be an aston­ish­ing­ly fer­tile site for cul­tur­al mean­ing.
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