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How Old Are the River Names of Europe? A Glottochronological Approach

Carsten Peust
The names of large rivers are among the diachronically most stable of all words. The present glottochronological study aims to quantify the lexical preservation rate of this set of words, more specifically of the names of the largest rivers of Europe. 210 river names are taken into consideration. Their preservation rate during the past 2000 years turns out to have been about 87%. Under the assumption that this observed rate can be extrapolated into the...

Embedding additive particles in the sentence information structure: How L2 learners find their way through positional and prosodic patterns

Giuseppina Turco & Cecilia Maria Andorno
Since 1986, Klein pinpointed the 'embedding problem' among the main tasks L2 learners have to cope with in L2 speaking, the term referring to the need of linking the semantic content of a sentence to the information already available in the ongoing discourse. Research in L2 acquisition has shown that, even when the lexical and morphosyntactic structures needed to express specific information configurations are in place, learners can still lack the ability to use them...

Some Phonological Processes in an Akan Linguistic Game

Kwasi Adomako
This paper examines some phonological processes observed in the Pig Latin; a linguistic game played in Akan, a Niger-Congo (Kwa) language. The Akan Pig Latin (henceforth APL), which is popularly known as Megesege is usually played among Akan youth. The purpose of this game varies from concealment to social identity establishment. This paper is a qualitative study of 200 stimuli of sentences in regular Akan constructions manipulated into the APL. The simple rule for playing...

Demokratie – zwischen Kampfbegriff und Nebelkerze. Was können Sprach-, Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften zur Demokratisierung von Gesellschaft beitragen?

Clemens Knobloch & Friedemann Vogel
Everybody speaks about democracy. In current media discourses, 'democracy' means every-thing and nothing. You can explain war as "democratization" (of Iraq, Afghanistan etc.) just as well as you can call a referendum about fundamental political decisions "terrorism" (like in Greece 2015). Is democracy no more than a buzzword? This contribution explores the rela-tionship between language and democracy both in a descriptive and a normative perspective. What can linguistics, media and communication science contribute to this...

Demokratie als Politischer Strategiekern

David Salomon
"Democracy" is a political term and controversial as such. It is in the nature of political con-cepts that they are not only descriptive but that they are also connected to options of agency. The concept of democracy is associated with a number of widely diverging political strategies. The most diverse political currents, movements, governments refer to themselves as "democratic"; widely different political systems are called "democratic". And especially in the context of Western "democracies" the...

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