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Newfoundland and Labrador English (Dialects of English)

By Dr. Sandra Clarke

Newfoundland and Labrador English is the first full-length volume to offer a comprehensive introduction to the English spoken in Britain's oldest overseas colony, and, since 1949, Canada's youngest province.

Within North America, Newfoundland and Labrador English is a highly distinctive speech variety. It is known for its generally conservative nature, having retained close ties with its primary linguistic roots, the traditional speech of southwestern England and southern Ireland.

It is also characterised by a high degree of regional and social variation.
Over the past half century, the region has experienced substantial social, economic and cultural change. This is reflected linguistically, as younger generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians increasingly align themselves with 'mainland' North American norms.

This book provides an accessible description of the phonological, grammatical, and lexical features of Newfoundland and Labrador English, along with an account of the province's linguistic variation in terms of historical, regional, and social factors. It also offers language samples from both traditional and contemporary speakers and an overview of published work from earlier centuries to the present.

Sandra Clarke is professor emerita of linguistics at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her research over the past 25 years has focused on Newfoundland and Canadian English, largely within a sociolinguistic and socio-historical framework.

She has published extensively on language variation and change in Newfoundland English, as well as on the indigenous Algonquian varieties spoken in Labrador.

Newfoundland and Labrador English is published by by Edinburgh University Press.


Essentials of Accessible Grounded Theory

By Drs. Caroline Porr and Phyllis Noeager Stern

Essentials of Accessible Grounded Theory fills a niche in qualitative inquiry for students, neophyte researchers, and institutional and community-based experienced researchers looking to generate theoretical explanations about human phenomena.

Grounded theory was developed by two sociologists, and since its inception in 1967 it has been adopted and adapted by researchers from diverse disciplines and academic locations around the world.

During her tenure as a CIHR strategic training fellow in qualitative methodology, co-author, Dr. Caroline Porr, gained an appreciation for the complex and sometimes confounding nature of grounded theory.

Her doctoral research solidified its rigorous utility for health science researchers as she was able to use grounded theory to address a deficiency in practice knowledge when establishing professional therapeutic relationships with patients of diverse socio-cultural experiences and backgrounds.

Writing this book afforded Dr. Porr the opportunity to provide researchers with an accessible resource containing hands-on technical guidance along with underlying philosophical and theoretical assumptions.

Dr. Caroline Porr is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. She plans to expand her PhD dissertation relationship-building model, Targeting Essence: Pragmatic Variation of the Therapeutic Relationship, by collaborating with researchers both within and external to nursing including researchers from medicine, pharmacy and social work.


Canadian Business and Society: Ethics and Responsibilities

By Robert W. Sexty

Ethics is all the rage through society these days; the ethics of business is no exception. Today, integrity is important to business performance and acceptance by society. Society expects business’s adherence to moral standards such as honesty, fairness, and justice.

Canadian Business and Society: Ethics and Responsibilities provides a broad overview of the Canadian business system and society’s expectations of it.

The book’s title emphasizes “business and society” in addition to two key words: ethics and responsibilities. The ethics of business refers to the rules, standards, codes, values, or principles that provide guidance for morally appropriate behaviour in managerial decision making relating to the operation of businesses and business’s relationship with society.

Canadian Business and Society: Ethics and Responsibilities is designed for undergraduate courses in business ethics, business and society, social responsibility, and sustainability.

Each chapter offers unique materials or extensive descriptions of various topics as they relate to the ethics and responsibilities of business. Topics include academic integrity in business schools, the stakeholder concept and approaches to understanding the stakeholders, discussion of corporate sustainability and more.

The material in the book emphasizes Canadian content; it is an indigenous text rather than a conversion of an American or European text.

Efforts have been made to present materials, vignettes, example inserts, and cases to which students can relate. Students are the future business leaders and managers and must understand the dynamic relationship between business and society and the ethics and responsibilities involved.

Dr. Sexty is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Business Administration. In the preface, Dr. Sexty thanked the Business 7010, Business and Society, students at Memorial’s Harlow Campus in March 2008, the first class he taught using the book.

Canadian Business and Society: Ethics and Responsibilities is published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson.



Black Ice

By David Blackwood

An essay by two geologists has been published in Black Ice, an illustrative retrospective featuring more than 70 prints spanning 40 years of artist David Blackwood’s work.

Dr. Blackwood, who has received an honorary doctor of letters from Memorial University, is one of Canada’s most popular artists. His work has been telling stories about Newfoundland for decades, capturing slices of life in the province and the strength of the people who have chosen to call it home.

His scenes often depict a struggle to survive the brutality of nature in one of the “most exposed and hostile environments on earth.”

The book, which was published by Douglas & McIntyre to accompany an Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) exhibition of his work, includes a number of essays including a few by individuals with ties to Memorial University: alumni and former artist-in-residence, Michael Crummey; Dr. Sean Cadigan, head of the Department of History; and Dr. Derek Wilton, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, who co-authored one of the essays with Martin Feely, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Titled Rooted in Granite: The Topography and Geology of David Blackwood’s Art, the Wilton/Feely essay delves into the geological significance of the Wesleyville area and how the region’s unique environment might have influenced the artist.
Dr. Cadigan’s essay is titled The Newfoundland of David Blackwood: A Historical Setting.

David Blackwood was born in 1941 in Wesleyville and received a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art. He has been awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his ongoing and important contributions to the cultural life and heritage of our country. His work can be found in virtually every major public gallery and corporate art collection in Canada, as well as in major private and public collections around the world.

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