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Javier Rivas. Clause Structure Typology: Grammatical Relations in Cross-Linguistic Perspective. (Tris Tram 2004) The traditional assumption that subject and direct object are two universal grammatical relations is based on the structure of a very reduced number of languages, all of them genetically and geographically close. The acquaintance with real linguistic diversity shows that there are many languages whose clause structure cannot be analyzed in these terms. The purpose of this book is to overhaul the grammatical metalanguage by studying the different typological patterns that are attested in the world's languages and by providing a set of cross-linguistic grammatical relations that can be used to account for the clause structure of any language whatsoever.
Michael Schinasi. Ventura de la Vega, Poemas. Grupo de Estudios del Siglo XVIII. Universidad de Salamanca. Born in Buenos Aires in 1807, Ventura de la Vega came to Spain at 11 and lived there the rest of his life. He was one of the founders of El Parnasillo, an influential circle in Spanish romanticism, and he participated in revolutionary activities of the period. After moderating his politics and renouncing romanticism, he became one of the most important men of letters of mid 19th c. Spain. Vega is best known for the zarzuela (Spanish operetta) and for El hombre de mundo (The Worldly Man), which in 1845 initiated the vogue of "high comedy" in Spain. His poems are at times intimate, sometimes civic, often composed for the albums of wealthy women. They show his delight in poetic form, rhetoric, the classics of Spain's Golden Age, cultural refinement and wordplay. They also contribute to our understanding of Spanish romanticism, neoclassicism, and national identity, as well as of the social and propagandistic functions of poetry. This edition, the most comprehensive to date, includes all of his published poems, others previously unpublished, and some pornographic poems of dubious attribution.
Cerutti, Steven. 2005. Words of the Day. The Unlikely Evolution of Common English. (Rampant Tech Press).
Prof. Jill Twark won the College Research Award for Spring 2006 for her project to investigate how ten Eastern German authors employ satire to come to terms with their experiences in the German Democratic Republic (former East Germany) and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. As sophisticated attempts to make sense of the failure of the East German socialist experiment and a complicated reunification process that has been plagued with economic, social, and legal difficulties, these critical texts help define Germany today from a specific, Eastern German perspective.
Prof. Jennifer Valko was awarded a Research & Creative Activity Grant for summer 2006 to work on "Marketing, Journalism, and Nation Building: The Role of the Argentinisches Tageblatt in the Argentine Immigration Industry (1874-1908)." She will be doing archival research in Buenos Aires to examine the narrative construction of Argentine Patagonia between 1890-1935 by Germanic immigrants and Argentine urban intellectuals. She will focus on the narratives of Swiss journalists Johann and Moritz Alemann (father and son) recruited by Argentine officials to immigrate there, establish a newspaper, and attract potential entrepreneurs and colonists.
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