New book review on the horizon

I will soon receive and review for the LINGUIST List the book A Grammar of Fa d’Ambô written by T. Hegemeijer, P. Maurer-Cecchini, and A. Zamora Segoule. I am looking forward to reading the first grammar of Fa d’Ambô ever written in English. I will post the link to the review as soon as it is published (I guess it will take about 6-8 months)… By the way, what is Fa d’Ambô?

Fa d’Ambô is a Portuguese-based creole language, spoken in the Isle of Ano-Bom, in Equatorial Guinea, and this is its history in a nutshell. As the Portuguese found the island inhabited in the 15th C., they brought in slaves from São Tomé e Príncipe (and, to a much lesser extent, Angola). With the Tratado de El Pardo, signed in 1778 by King Carlos III of Spain and Queen Maria I of Portugal, Spain gave Portugal lands in South America, receiving territories in the Guinea Gulf in exchange. Consequently, the Isle of Ano-Bom and what is today Equatorial Guinea went under Spanish rule. Over time, the local population adapted to the new culture and the Spanish language, giving rise to a new mixed language. The new language is mostly based on São-tomense, a Portuguese-based creole also known as Forro. However, approximately 10% of its lexicon is based on Spanish, the official language of Equatorial Guinea.

My reviews of Kanetani (2019) and Koch & Reimann (2019) are now online

My reviews of the following books have just been published on the LINGUIST List website:

  • Masaru Kanetani’s (2019) monograph ‘Causation and reasoning constructions’ (John Benjamins). Read it online or download the PDF! 🙂
  • Christian Koch and Daniel Reimann’s (2019) edited volume ‘As variedades do português no ensino do português língua não materna’ (Narr Francko Attempte). Read it online or download the PDF! 🙂

Reviewing a new book on the teaching of Portuguese as a second language

I will soon receive the book ‘As variedades do português no ensino do português língua não materna’ edited by Christian Koch and Daniel Reimann  (Narr Francke Attempto) and review it for the LINGUIST List. The book is a collection of studies on the role of language varieties in the practice of teaching Portuguese as a second language. I can’t wait to receive my review copy and start reading the book!

Reviewing a new book on grammar

I will soon receive Masaru Kanetani’s new book ‘Causation and reasoning constructions’ (John Benjamins Publishing) and review it for the LINGUIST List. The book deals with the expression of causal relations and reasoning processes, which in some languages is realized by the same connective word (e.g., English ‘because,’ Japanese ‘kara’). I am looking forward to reading it. Stay tuned!

News on reviews

My review of Peter Lasersohn’s book ‘Subjectivity and perspective in truth-theoretic semantics’ is now available on the LINGUIST List website. The interested reader can either read it online or get the PDF version.

Shortly, I will also receive and review the new book ‘Southern English varieties then and now,’ a collection of studies edited by Laura Wright on the varieties of English spoken in the south of England. Stay tuned!

Reviewing a new book on historical linguistics

I will soon receive a new book to review for the LINGUIST List: ‘Multilingual practices in language history: English and beyond,’ a collection of contributions edited by Päivi Pahta, Janne Skaffari, and Laura Wright. Since I have always been interested in both language history (with particular – though not exclusive – regard to English) and language contact, I am looking forward to receiving the book. Stay tuned!