This book includes a selection of papers in linguistics presented at the 14th Conference on British and American Studies. Its tripartite structure reflects the main topics around which the nineteen contributions cluster. The first part, "Native language profiling: explorations and findings", displays a variety of methodological approaches aimed at highlighting syntactic, morphological, and lexico-semantic aspects of, primarily, English and Romanian. The papers in the second section, "Aspects of language change, bilingualism, and cross-linguistic variation", bring to the fore some of the topical issues falling within the ambit of language contact, such as mixed languages, bilingualism, and code-switching, as well as contrastive investigations of language structure. The research strand in the final part, "Meaning and communication within and across cultures", relates to lexico-pragmatic inquiries into the construction of meaning, focusing on the "language beyond language", as well as on the extent to which the lexical and pragmatic repertoires of various languages can be made to overlap.
Marinela Burada is a Professor in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania. Her research interests relate to different areas subsumed under the domain of linguistics, academic literacy, and lexicography, and her findings have bee published in various articles, book chapters, and monographs. Oana Tatu is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Letters at Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, and has a PhD in Linguistics. Her research and professional interests fall within the scope of literary translation, applied linguistics, and Renaissance English literature, and have materialized in several publications in these fields, most notably, the monograph Translating Shakespeare. The Challenge of the Romanian Language. Raluca Sinu is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters at Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania. She holds a PhD in Linguistics, and is the author and co-author of articles and books in fields such as audiovisual translation, applied linguistics, and lexicography.