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Review Of: Gender In Indo-European, Edward J. Vajda Dec 2006

Review Of: Gender In Indo-European, Edward J. Vajda

Modern & Classical Languages

This book takes a fresh look at the development of gender in Early and Late Proto-Indo-European. Matasovic reduces the diachronic picture to a few basic facts, while also making informed comparisons with non-Indo-European (IE) languages. Early Proto-IE appears to reveal a binary noun-class opposition between a common gender and a neuter gender, with the feminine arising only later


Review Of: Beginning Creek (Mvskoke Emponvkv), Edward J. Vajda Dec 2006

Review Of: Beginning Creek (Mvskoke Emponvkv), Edward J. Vajda

Modern & Classical Languages

This introductory course is aimed at speakers who wish to maintain and pass on their ancestral language. Each chapter begins with a straightforward explanation of the concepts covered, so even students with no formal linguistic training will find the presentation easy to follow. At the same time, the material is sophisticated enough to be of illustrative value to typologists as well. The inclusion of morpheme glosses beneath most example sentences should be particularly welcome to the serious linguist.


Review Of: A Grammar Of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language Of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund, Edward J. Vajda Dec 2006

Review Of: A Grammar Of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language Of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund, Edward J. Vajda

Modern & Classical Languages

One of the least remarked aspects of the Mongol conquest is the dissemination of Mongolic languages to various corners of Eurasia. Like the far-flung remnants of a supernova, some of these are still spoken today. Keith Slater's book is a detailed synchronic description of one such language, called Mangghuer, which has received little attention from Western linguists before the appearance of this study.


De Princesas Y Hadas Madrinas: La Cárcel De Género En Tigre Juan Y El Curandero De Su Honra De Ramón Pérez De Ayala, María Francisca Paredes Méndez Sep 2006

De Princesas Y Hadas Madrinas: La Cárcel De Género En Tigre Juan Y El Curandero De Su Honra De Ramón Pérez De Ayala, María Francisca Paredes Méndez

Modern & Classical Languages

Ramón Pérez de Ayala publica, en 1926, "Tigre Juan y El curandero de su honra", obra única en dos volúmenes. En conjunto la obra se presenta como una alegoría social que promociona un cierto modelo de hombre y mujer como base de una comunidad renovada. El deseo de transformación presente en la obra se hace eco de las voces de los intelectuales que en los años veinte se reunían en torno a la Revista de Occidente y la tertulia iniciada por su fundador, José Ortega y Gasset, de la que el propio Pérez de Ayala formaba parte. En el turbulento ...


Review Of: Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar, Edward J. Vajda Jun 2006

Review Of: Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar, Edward J. Vajda

Modern & Classical Languages

This concise yet detailed treatment of Standard Mandarin Chinese focuses almost entirely upon diverse aspects of phrase and sentence construction. It is not a basic learner's grammar with a graduated presentation of material. Lacking any introduction to the phonology or writing, this book is intended for those already familiar with some form of Chinese orthography.


Review Of: Galdos Beyond Realism: Reading And The Creation Of Magical Worlds, Joan M. Hoffman May 2006

Review Of: Galdos Beyond Realism: Reading And The Creation Of Magical Worlds, Joan M. Hoffman

Modern & Classical Languages

Timothy McGovern's latest offering, Galdós Beyond Realism: Reading and the Creation of Magical Worlds, may prove surprising, if not a bit unsettling, for the die-hard, skeptical fan of Spanish High Realism who can not imagine the words "Galdós" and "magical worlds" in the same sentence. Nonetheless, McGovern presents a fascinating examination of what he terms Don Benito's "magical fictions" (7). He jostles us out of our comfort zone, examining "post-realist, non-realist, or magical" Galdosian works that push the limits of traditional realism through the employment of metafictional and magical frames, supernatural interventions, and a very conscious ...