Mind in Mathematics: Essays on Mathematical Cognition and Mathematical Method

Mariana Bockarova (Harvard University), C-Danesi_3bMarcel Danesi (University of Toronto), Dragana Martinovic (University of Windsor), Rafael Núñez (University of California, San Diego) (eds.)


This volume brings together key essays by mathematicians, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, semioticians, and educators on the nature of mathematical thought and how it unfolds in relation to language and other codes. Topics such as the role of analogy and metaphor, as well as inferential (abductive) thinking, are examined through several interdisciplinary lenses. The goal of this volume is to establish a “hermeneutic” field of study in mathematical cognition that aims to understand how mathematics dovetails with other human faculties.

ISBN 9783862885350 (Hardbound). Interdisciplinary Studies on the Nature in Mathematics 03. 214pp. 2015.



The Palaungic Languages

Classification, Reconstruction and Comparative Lexicon

Paul Sidwell                                                                                                                                                                       wsh-6302
Australian National University


This volume presents a reconstruction of the historical phonology and lexicon of the Palaungic branch of Austroasiatic, plus discussion of classification and homeland. Data from 22 published sources covering languages of Myanmar, China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam are compared to yield a proto-lexicon of 885 words of Proto Palaungic. It is hypothesized that the language was spoken by early Bronze Age rice farmers approximately 3000 years ago in the border region of Northern Laos and Xīshuāngbǎnnà. Although otherwise a fairly typical Austroasiatic language, Proto Palaungic show various phonological mergers and lexical innovations that clearly distinguish it from other branches of the family. The latter history of Palaungic is quite complex, with various daughter languages drastically restructuring, some developing tones in odd ways, others assimilating structural features of neighbouring tongues. The results include a new classification of the group and the identification of a new sub-branch ‘Bit-Khang’ comprised of languages previously misidentified as Khmuic.

Paul Sidwell graduated with a PhD in Linguistics in 1999 from the University of Melbourne; since then he has held appointments with the Max Planck Institute (Leipzig), the Centre for Research in Computational Linguistics (Bangkok) and the Australian National University (Canberra). Currently he is a senior lecturer/researcher fellow in the College of Asia and the Pacific of the ANU. The focus of his research lays in the comparative reconstruction of Austroasiatic language history and its wider implications for the history of Mainland Southeast Asia.

ISBN 9783862886302 (Hardbound). Languages of the World 50. 243pp. 2015.


German-English Dictionary

of Nominal Derivations


Robert K. Bloomer
SUNY Stony Brook

This book assembles the German nominal derivations formed with indigenousand old borrowed suffixes, and it translates them into English to become a unique bilingual work that represents an advancement beyond the genre of German reverse dictionaries from which it proceeds. It is intended not only for morphologists interested in matters of word-formation from a lexicographical perspective, but more generally for anyone with a desire to know the meanings in English of particular German words (e.g. Künstler); of series of words with certain suffixes (e.g. Dörfler, Künstler, Tischler); or especially of sub-series of words within the same series (e.g. Bühnenkünstler, Hungerkünstler, Zauberkünstler, etc.), many of which appear as open or closed fields of semantically related words from across the lexicon.

The suffixes are given with their etymologies along with their historically related forms in English, if they exist. Then follow snapshots of their general meanings (person, place, thing, characteristic, collective, etc.) and, in a small number of cases, notes on other features of the suffixes, words, or translations. The words belonging to each suffix are arranged forward alphabetically in columns and juxtaposed with their translations, which also makes it easy to observe the formal means - suffixal or otherwise - with which German derivations are rendered into English.

ISBN 9783862886173 (Hardbound). LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 30. 395pp. 2015.