1st edition (2024)
Pages: 704
Dimensions: 155 x 235 mm
ISBN: 978-960-9582-23-0
Weight: 1,020 kg

THE NEW BOOK by Professor G. Babiniotis includes texts of Prefaces and Introductions from twenty-five of his books. As he notes in the Preface of the book: “The reason why the author writes a book and what he wants to offer with it is the essence of writing any book“. These texts describe the method and the main characteristics of each work, as well as the challenges faced during the process of writing. In this way, they introduce the reader not only into the world of each book, but also into the author’s general linguistic thought, thus providing valuable answers to questions such as:

  • How is a dictionary compiled?
  • How is a grammar written?
  • What is modern linguistics?
  • What is the relationship between Linguistics and Literature?
  • What are the main characteristics of the Greek language and what are the greatest moments of its history?

The first part of the book (Dictionaries) includes introductory texts for each of Professor G. Babiniotis’ dictionaries, which analyse the theory and practice of lexicographic work for every separate dictionary type. Αn extensive overview of the history of modern Greek lexicography is also presented in the first chapter, a helpful and informative overview of lexicography as a science.

The second part (Grammars) contains introductory texts from three Grammars, suggesting a new perspective of grammatical description, which emphasizes not only the grammatical structures themselves but also their function in language and their contribution to communication.

The third part (Essays) includes introductory texts from books of essays on language, presenting more general reflections on language as a value, as well as on the relationship between language and education.

Finally, the fourth part (Scientific works –collective or independent), includes introductory texts from more specialized studies. These texts, in addition to introducing the reader to various fields of linguistic research (e.g. theoretical linguistics, the Greek alphabet, history of the Greek language etc.), also provide him with a general overview of ​​the author’s scientific course, from his first linguistic work (his doctoral thesis) up to his pioneering work on the relationship between Linguistics and Literature.

In conclusion, this book, as indicated by its title “On the traces of language“, serves as a double “tracing”: on the one hand, as an introduction into basic concepts of lexicography, grammatical description, the history of language, as well as modern linguistics; on the other hand, as an overview of the scientific course of the author.

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