LINGUIST List 25.2965

Fri Jul 18 2014

Books: Contrastive Linguistics: Wenguo, Wai Mun

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Date: 16-Jun-2014
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Subject: Contrastive Linguistics: Wenguo, Wai Mun
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Title: Contrastive Linguistics
Subtitle: History, Philosophy and Methodology
Published: 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Pan Wenguo
Author: Tham Wai Mun
Electronic: ISBN: 9780826438249 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 29.99 Comment: EPUB eBook
Electronic: ISBN: 9781441188540 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 29.99 Comment: PDF eBook
Hardback: ISBN: 9780826486349 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780567507273 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 27.99

Contrastive Linguistics is the first book written by a linguist from mainland China on the histories and principles of comparing and contrasting Chinese and Western languages, specifically English. From Wilhelm von Humboldt's initial study in comparative linguistics to the present day, traditional scholarship in contrastive linguistics has taken a Western perspective and shown how foreign languages relate to the Indo-European language family. However, such a view has a limited scope, and there is an alternative history to contrastive linguistics. This book is an attempt by Professor Wenguo Pan to redress the balance in contrastive linguistics, comparing Western languages to Chinese, rather than vice versa. He provides a survey of contrastive linguistics in China throughout the past century, and aims to open a window for the world to see what the new generations of Chinese linguists are doing in this exciting field, and to start a dialogue between scholars of different backgrounds and linguistic traditions. Contrastive Linguistics looks at the history of this discipline both in Europe and in China. Professor Pan presents a survey of the historical, philosophical and methodological foundations of the discipline, but also examines its scope in relation to general, comparative, anthropological and applied linguistics. This book will be of interest to academics interested in a new perspective on contrastive linguistics or Chinese linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Applied Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng)

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