The Major Reference Works (MRWs) from De Gruyter and De Gruyter Mouton cover the full range of modern linguistic sciences including communications and rhetoric, as well as historical and comparative linguistics. While predominantly focusing on general fields like pragmatics, semantics and empirical investigations, the MRWs also feature research on English and Romance languages within a sociocultural, cognitive and contrastive approach.
All MRWs publications are concisely written, and carefully selected to ensure the highest scientific standards and latest insights from internationally respected scientists and editors. This unique collection of linguistic handbooks finally offers all the information needed by students, lecturers and interested academics from other disciplines, and gives a breadth of inspiration for future research.
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The Handbooks Rhetorik (HBRH) illuminate their widely differentiated discipline both systematically and from a historical perspective. Each volume of the series is devoted to a different subfield, e.g. political, literary or media rhetoric, in line with the progress of the discipline since ancient times. Additionally, the manuals focus on contemporary developments while discussing theoretical and practical insights, making it an authoritative work on rhetorical methods and techniques as well as linguistic mediation and interaction.
The Handbooks Sprachwissen (HWS) supply broad insight into linguistic interrelationships revealing the importance of language in central action fields in society. Each volume addresses a different linguistic phenomenon, rather than being devoted to a specific subfield. As well as providing systematic and methodical descriptions, the series combines historical and social language configurations, normative public opinion, and covers the significance of linguistic aspects in key domains of human knowledge such as medicine, law or economics, including issues of public sphere, urbanism and religious belief.
Written with a forward-looking perspective, the Handbooks of Communication Science (HOCS) are a comprehensive summary of the field in the early decades of the 21st century. With the aim of integrating knowledge of communication structures, processes and techniques, the series is dedicated to cultural and epistemological diversity, covering work originating from around the globe. It deals primarily with non-verbal, verbal, and visual communication in different interpersonal, broadcasting and organizational channels, particularly in areas such as marketing, science, politics or health.
The Manuals of Romance Linguistics (MRL) present an extensive, state-of-the-art overview of Romance linguistics covering the manifold subfields. This series will comprise approximately 60 volumes providing a detailed picture of current research trends. A special focus will be placed on the presentation and analysis of the smaller languages, the lingua minors, as well as on contemporary discourses in Romance linguistics. The MRL series is therefore a significant extension of older reference works of the discipline, such as Lexikon der Romanistischen Linguistik (1988–2005) and Romanische Sprachgeschichte (2003–2008).
The Comparative Handbooks of Linguistics (CHL) collects specific studies enabling a cross-linguistic approach, with the empirical studies on various languages structured uniformly to make comparison easier. A typical volume examines a grammatical feature or construction across languages, offers a survey of that feature through in-depth analyses within the same theoretical framework, and formulates cross-linguistic generalizations. The handbooks also include accounts of constructions cast in different theoretical patterns so that the empirical differences can be assessed and their similarities revealed.
The World of Linguistics (WOL) handbooks examine an up-to-date scheme of linguistic work on the world's languages in Africa, Europe, North and Central America, South America, Central and Northern Asia, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Western Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Alongside linguistic classifications, the series discusses contact-induced areal phenomena, as well as syntax, morphology, phonology, sociolinguistics, and computational linguistics. It presents not only major achievements in linguistics of each geographical area, but also topics that are controversial or under-researched.
The Handbooks of Pragmatics (HOPS) series is a new landmark in supplying a widespread, but concise overview of the entire field. The series takes a broad view of pragmatics as the study of intentional human interaction in social and cultural contexts such as speech act and discourse theories. In-depth articles discuss the foundations, major theories and most recent developments of pragmatics within a philosophical, sociocultural and cognitive approach as well as methodological, contrastive and diachronic perspectives.
The Handbooks of Applied Linguistics (HAL) is based on a self-understanding as an inter- and transdisciplinary field of academic enquiry. It deals with the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world problems in which language and communication are a central issue, and provides highly qualified descriptions of established and emerging areas of Applied Linguistics. Each volume gives an overview, identifies the most important traditions and their findings, tagging the gaps in current research and pointing out perspectives for future research in relevant fields including multilingualism, foreign language and business communication.
In addition to general linguistics, the Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK) covers those areas which have developed in recent years from the increasing body of research into the manifold forms of communicative action and interaction. The HSK series critically reviews the field, forming a state-of-the-art reference base intended to create comprehensive, theoretically explicit, reliable documentation of data and findings, and up-to-date methodology, in the various areas of linguistics and communication science.
The Handbooks of English and American Studies (HEAS) give students and researchers compact resources for orientation in their study of Anglophone literary texts. Each volume – involving a particular historical or theoretical focus – introduces current concepts and methodologies, as well as academic debates, by combining theory with text analysis and contextual anchoring. The bridging between abstract survey and concrete analysis is the central aim and defining feature of the series, bringing together literary history and interpretation, theory and text.
The new series The History of English, on one hand, textbooks on the history of English, arranged by linguistic level and period, and on the other, current linguistic research into key questions and debates in English historical linguistics. The first volume provides an overview of the history of English, the second to fourth volumes focus on the Old, Middle, and Early Modern English periods, while the fifth volume treats language variation from an historical perspective including more specialized topics such as pragmatics, discourse, literary language, and sociolinguistics.