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Num­ber in the world’s lan­guages: A Com­par­a­tive Hand­book
BuchcoverThe strong devel­op­ment in research on gram­mat­i­cal num­ber in recent years has cre­at­ed a need for a uni­fied per­spec­tive. The dif­fer­ent frame­works, the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the the­o­ret­i­cal ques­tions, and the diver­si­ty of phe­nom­e­na across typo­log­i­cal sys­tems, make this a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge.
This book address­es the chal­lenge with a series of in-depth analy­ses of num­ber across a typo­log­i­cal­ly diverse sam­ple, uni­fied by a com­mon set of descrip­tive and ana­lyt­ic ques­tions from a seman­tic, mor­pho­log­i­cal, syn­tac­tic, and dis­course per­spec­tive. Each case study is devot­ed to a sin­gle lan­guage, or in a few cas­es to a lan­guage group. They are writ­ten by spe­cial­ists who can rely on first-hand data or on mate­r­i­al of dif­fi­cult access, and can place the phe­nom­e­na in the con­text of the respec­tive sys­tem. The stud­ies are pre­ced­ed and con­clud­ed by crit­i­cal overviews which frame the dis­cus­sion and iden­ti­fy the main results and open ques­tions.
With spe­cial­ist chap­ters break­ing new ground, this book will help num­ber spe­cial­ists relate their results to oth­er the­o­ret­i­cal and empir­i­cal domains, and it will pro­vide a reli­able guide to all lin­guists and oth­er researchers inter­est­ed in num­ber.
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Cheer­ful­ness: a lit­er­ary and cul­tur­al his­to­ry
BuchcoverCheer­ful­ness: A Lit­er­ary and Cul­tur­al His­to­ry tells a new sto­ry about the cul­tur­al imag­i­na­tion of the West where­in cheer­ful­ness — a momen­tary uptick in emo­tion­al ener­gy, a tem­po­rary light­en­ing of spir­it — func­tions as a cru­cial theme in lit­er­ary, philo­soph­i­cal, and artis­tic cre­ations from ear­ly mod­ern to con­tem­po­rary times. In daz­zling inter­pre­ta­tions of Shake­speare and Mon­taigne, Hume, Austen and Emer­son, Dick­ens, Niet­zsche, and Louis Arm­strong, Hamp­ton explores the philo­soph­i­cal con­stru­al of cheer­ful­ness — as a theme in Protes­tant the­ol­o­gy, a focus of med­ical writ­ing, a top­ic in Enlight­en­ment psy­chol­o­gy, and a cat­e­go­ry of mod­ern aes­thet­ics. In a con­clu­sion on cheer­ful­ness in pan­dem­ic days, Hamp­ton stress­es the impor­tance of light­ness of mind under the pres­sure of cat­a­stro­phe. A his­to­ry of the emo­tion­al life of Euro­pean and Amer­i­can cul­tures, a breath­tak­ing explo­ration of the inter­sec­tions of cul­ture, lit­er­a­ture, and psy­chol­o­gy, Cheer­ful­ness chal­lenges the dom­i­nant nar­ra­tive of West­ern aes­thet­ics as a sto­ry of melan­choly, mourn­ing, tragedy, and trau­ma. Hamp­ton cap­tures the many appear­ances of this fleet­ing and pow­er­ful­ly trans­for­ma­tive emo­tion whose his­tor­i­cal and lit­er­ary tra­jec­to­ry has nev­er before been sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly traced.
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