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Encounters with Post-colonial (Counter)Cultures (2000-2020)
How and when does culture enter the discourse on liberation, transition and crisis in an African post-colony such as Zimbabwe? In a deeply polarised nation reeling from a difficult transition and an unrelenting economic crisis, it is increasingly becoming difficult for the ZANU PF regime to prescribe and enforce its monolithic concept of liberation. This book culls, from contemporary (counter)cultures of liberation and transition, the state of liberations in Zimbabwe. It explores how culture has functioned as a complex site where rigid state-authored liberations are legitimated and naturalised but also where they are negotiated, contested and subverted.
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The title concept ‘in-between’ (metaxu) refers to identity that remains in perpetual disjunction, dispersion and crisis. This book proves that ‘in-between’ is not an empty space, but a productive mode of creating new qualities, experiences, ideas and representations. The authors of individual chapters interpret selected aspects of metaxu in relevant to contemporary cultural communication areas, i.e. linguistic and more broadly semiotic, and make contemporary discourses the object of exploration. Most of the analyses are based on the Polish-language linguistic context; however, they refer to a universal perspective of culture and communication.


The present work examines the connection between language and conceptual development, investigating whether false-belief reasoning (FBR) and source-monitoring ability (SMA), abilities within the theory of mind (ToM) framework, trigger the comprehension of semantic and pragmatic knowledge (evidential scalar implicatures) encoded in the evidentiality structure (Papafragou et al., 2007). Furthermore, the present work examines whether age modulates the comprehension of ToM abilities, and whether age influences comprehension of grammar knowledge encoded in the target structure. Twenty-one bilingual Aymara-Spanish heritage children performed one FBR task and one SMA task. In addition, the same group and 15 bilingual Aymara-Spanish adults performed one semantic and one pragmatic Aymara evidentiality task. The results showed that age was relevant in developing ToM abilities and comprehending the target structure’s evidential semantic features. Furthermore, the results demonstrated that semantic features had a positive relationship with the acquisition of ToM abilities, as opposed to pragmatic knowledge. These outcomes suggest that the computation of Aymara evidential scalar implicatures is lexically driven as opposed to contextually driven.

In: Heritage Language Journal
Covering all seven countries on the isthmus, this volume presents the first collection of original linguistic studies on Central American Spanish varieties, which have long been neglected in Hispanic Linguistics. The analyses in this collection span across disciplines such as sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, bilingualism, historical linguistics, and pragmatics. This volume bridges the gap between international and Central American scholars, as it highlights the work that has already been done by Central American scholars but is relatively unknown to scholars outside of the region. It also introduces readers to more recent work that sheds new light on Central American Spanish varieties, from both urban and rural settings as well as in bilingual communities where Spanish is in contact with indigenous languages.
In: Linguistic Advances in Central American Spanish
In: Linguistic Advances in Central American Spanish
In: Linguistic Advances in Central American Spanish