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Dimensions of the Word

Editor(s): Grzegorz Drożdż
Contributors: Dorota Lipińska, Eleonora Pawlowicz, Bożena Cetnarowska, Bogusław Bierwiaczonek, Dagmara Świątek, Grzegorz Drożdż,

Book Description

This volume inscribes itself in the long-standing debate on the status of the “word”. Considering its multi-faceted nature, the authors formulate multiple questions about it and, though no answer to these questions might be exhaustive, each of them brings the reader closer to a more complete understanding of the issue. The eleven authors included here address the nature of the word from a number of perspectives, such as the duality of the word, the status of the word as a meaningful unit, the meaning extension, the lexico-grammar continuum, and the pragmatic functioning of the word, to name but a few. Each of the chapters is a fresh contribution that broadens the perspective traditionally adopted in a discussion of the word and, at the same time, constitutes a sound overview of the issues and approaches taken in such an analysis at the turn of the second to the third millennium. The volume is a prime example of the efficiency of research within which multiple linguistic perspectives focus on a single problem – all the perspectives contribute to a more thorough comprehension of the problem than any single of them is ever able to afford.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5683-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5683-5
Date of Publication: 01/05/2014
Pages / Size: 260 / A5
Price: £44.99


Andrzej Łyda is Professor of English in the Institute of English, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland. He is currently the Head of the Institute and the Head of the Department of Translation and Interpreting. His main areas of interest are translation and interpreting, psycholinguistics, academic discourse analysis, and interactional linguistics. He holds PhD and post-PhD degrees in linguistics. His recent publications include Reflections on Academic Discourse: Studies in English Lexis (UŚ, 2013), Awareness in Action: The Role of Consciousness in Language Acquisition (Springer, 2013), and Occupying Niches: Culturality, Interculturality, and Aculturality in Academic Research (Springer, 2014). He is presently working on phraseology and rhetorical relations in Academic English.

Grzegorz Drożdż, PhD, conducts his research in the Institute of English, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland. His main interest is cognitive linguistics, with such areas of research as cognitive grammar, the theory of metaphor and metonymy, and the theory of image schemas. He is currently working on the issue of countability and uncountability in English. In his work, he develops the descriptive tools proposed within these theories, in addition to applying them to language pedagogy, drawing on his extensive experience as a teacher of English. His published articles include “The Structure of a Tense – a Cognitive Analysis”, “Cognitive Grammar Tools in Teaching English Tenses – the Case of Present Perfect”, and “Conceptualizing the Present through Construal Aspects – the Case of the English Temporal Constructions”.