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The Continuum Companion to Historical Linguistics

Edited by Dr. Vit Bubenik and Silvia Luraghi

The Continuum Companion to Historical Linguistics brings together a number of leading scholars who provide a combination of different approaches to current and new issues in historical linguistics, while supplying an exhaustive and up-to-date coverage of sub-fields traditionally regarded as central to historical linguistics research.

The editors aim to build a solid background for further discussion and to indicate directions for new research on relevant open questions.

It is a complete resource for researchers working on historical linguistics.
Contributors to this volume include both leading scholars, who authored or contributed to the most authoritative current handbooks, and younger researchers who bring new perspectives on historical linguistics; the all share the spirit that informed the planning of the book, and present original and often ground-breaking research on the topic of their chapters.

Vit Bubenik is professor of Linguistics at the Memorial and Silvia Luraghi is associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Pavia, Italy.

The Continuum Companion to Historical Linguistics is published by Continuum International Publishing Group.


Stand by Me: Having a Sibling with Special Needs

By Dr. Wayne Nesbit

Dr. Wayne Nesbit’s latest book is a dis­course considering the issues surrounding having a child with a disability within the family. In particular, it focuses on issues related to being the sibling of an exceptional child, both at home and within the school context.

“Much has been written concerning the dynamics surrounding patients and their exceptional child, however much less about the sibling and the special child,” said Dr. Nesbit, adding that this book is directed to teachers, school counsellors and parents.

Stand by Me: Having a Sibling with Special Needs is Dr. Nesbit’s fifth book in the field of special education since joining Memorial’s Faculty of Education in 1973. He is the past-president of the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children, and the 1993 recipient of The President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Memorial University.

Dr. Nesbit extended special thanks to Dr. Glenn Sheppard for his advice and shared experiences reflected in the book’s forward.


The Diary of Bishop Edward Feild in 1844

Edited by Dr. Ronald Rompkey

Edward Feild, Newfoundland’s second Anglican bishop, was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in April 1844 and departed shortly thereafter to take up his duties. The private diary he began at that point documents his crossing of the Atlantic, his two-week sojourn in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his arrival in St. John’s.

Throughout the diary, Feild reveals his reflections about his new challenge, details of his voyage, descriptions of Halifax and Windsor and his final public reception. During the months documented in this volume, he is preoccupied with the architecture and arrangement of Newfoundland churches, colonial practices for church ritual and the building of a new cathedral.

Additionally, Feild records his opinions of public figures and clergy alike and does not hesitate to pass judgement.

The diary is published by ISER Books.

Dr. Ronald Rompkey is University Research Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.


British Music and the French Revolution

By Dr. Paul Rice

Musicologist Dr. Paul Rice of Memorial’s School of Music has just published his latest book, British Music and the French Revolution, released by Cambridge Scholars Press. The book offers a fascinating look at British musical responses to the French Revolution, placed in social and political context. A follow-up CD of pertinent repertoire discussed in the book will come out from Centaur Records in the near future.

British Music and the French Revolution investigates the nature of British musical responses to the cataclysmic political events unfolding in France during the period of 1789–95, a time when republican and royalist agendas were in conflict in both nations.

After British government restrictions were relaxed after 1793, a large number of plays and “recreations” dealing with the French Revolution and Britain's subsequent war with France were performed in London. Music played a considerable role in these activities and Dr. Rice’s book investigates this repertoire within a social and political context.

He examines the historical relationship between France and Britain from a musical perspective, the powerful symbols of national identity in both countries, and the complex laws that governed commercial theatres in London. Dr. Rice also explores the war years of 1793 until the first half of 1795 and the British musical reactions to the fall of the Bastille and subsequent events up to the rise of Napoléon.

Dr. Paul Rice has been awarded three major research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 1998, Dr. Rice was a plenary speaker for the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-century Studies, and he has given numerous conference papers for that society, the Canadian University Music Society, and the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

 

Baking as Biography: A Life Story on Recipes

By Dr. Diane Tye

Hidden among the simple lists of ingredients and directions for everyday foods are surprising stories. In Baking as Biography, Dr. Diane Tye considers her mother's recipe collection, reading between the lines of the aging index cards to provide a candid and nuanced portrait of one woman's life as mother, minister's wife, and participant in local Maritime women's networks.
Dr. Tye shows that baking was a complex activity for her mother, Laurene, a reluctant but prolific cook. She reads her mother's recipes as one would a diary, reconstructing the multiple meanings of baking to show how it was at once an obligation and a way of resisting the demands of family and community. Uncovering the complex intertwining of identities involved in the production and consumption of food, Dr. Tye reveals how ordinary acts and everyday objects are imbued with meaning and memory.
A unique work that is both profoundly personal and intellectually informed, Baking as Biography reminds us of the unwritten social and material ingredients behind even the most straightforward recipes for cookies and squares.
Dr. Tye is an associate professor in the Department of Folklore, Faculty of Arts.
Baking as Biography: A Life Story on Recipes was published by McGill Queen’s University Press in September 2010.

 

Lonergan’s Early Economic Research

By Dr. Michael Shute

Lonergan’s Early Economic Research delves into the origins of Bernard Lonergan's economic theory through his own writing on the subject. Michael Shute provides transcriptions of many of Lonergan's private files on economics for a deeper understanding of his groundbreaking macroeconomic theory. An introduction by the editor contextualizes the works, which also serve as archival materials relevant to the companion volume Lonergan’s Discovery of the Science of Economics.

Organized around specific themes such as dialectic of history, methodology, economic history, and price equilibrium, the book makes available a substantial amount of previously unpublished texts. Materials include Lonergan's earliest notes on economics prior to his move to Rome in 1933, the complete surviving portion of ‘An Essay in Fundamental Sociology,’ and notes on economists Heinrich Pesch and Lionel Robbins, among others. These early works show that Lonergan built his economic discoveries on the methodological developments that he founded in his writings on the philosophy of history.

Dr. Michael Shute is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies.


The Distant Sound

By Gert Jonke, translated by Dr. Jean Snook

When Austrian author Gert Jonke died in 2009, his publisher’s editor called The Distant Sound his most important prose work. This fanciful sequel to Homage to Czerny – both translated by Dr. Jean Snook, Department of German and Russian – explores the involved relationship between what we perceive and what we project, especially what we are able to project at certain times, as in the gripping case of the tightrope walker who discovers before a big crowd that she can dispense with the rope. Jonke is all about breaking loose, whether from an asylum, or from the ridiculous restrictions of government bureaucracy, which at a certain level may be one and the same. His main character is quick to spot the flaws in others’ plans for him and enjoys outsmarting them. Rather than being crushed by the establishment, he participates in its destruction. He is an anti-Kafka, confidently sidestepping all real or potential traps and concentrating on being courteous to himself as he pursues a lost love. The distant sound he hears is open to many interpretations, one of which is a timely warning of ecological disaster if the “roaming city shotguns” continue to hunt the rare songbirds. But Jonke is not primarily a doomsayer. Just as he delights in experimenting with language, but always makes sense, so too he points the way to new possibilities of perception that are creative and fun.

Dr. Snook has been frequently recognized for her translations, including winning the Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize in 2009.

 

Research on Emotion in Organizations Volume 6: Emotions and Organizational Dynamism

Edited by Dr. Wilfred J. Zerbe , Charmine E. J. Härtel and Neal M. Ashkanasy

The rapidly growing recognition of the importance of emotion in understanding all aspects of organizational life is facilitating the development of focused areas of scholarship. The articles in this volume represent a selection of the best papers presented at the seventh International Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life (Fontainebleau, France, July 2008), complemented with invited chapters by leading scholars in the field.

The theme of this volume, Emotions and Organizational Dynamism, explores the role that emotion plays in such diverse organizational phenomena as entrepreneurship, change, service failure, and creativity.

The study of emotions in organizations is broadening, with new phenomena being considered through the lens of emotions, and deepening, with theoretical approaches being refined and sharpened. The choice of theme of this volume reflects this tension.

Organizations are dynamic, they change and they comprise elements that are constantly moving. They are simultaneously ordered and complicated and complex. Emotions help us to understand this dynamism.

As the chapters in this volume help us to understand and appreciate, emotions are often an underlying energizing and motivating force. Examination of the role of emotions as precursors or mediators of change or innovation or creativity is therefore essential to being able to effectively manage this dynamism.

Wilfred Zerbe is the dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

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