Book reviewSemantics and Pragmatics of False Friends London and New York: Routledge, 2008. xiv + 186 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-95720-5 £60.00/125$.
Reviewed by Moritz Schaeffer
Semantics and Pragmatics of False Friends promises a theoretical treatment of false friends, because, the author argues, existing studies “with a few notable exceptions, … attempt no theoretical analysis of the phenomenon” (xiii). In contrast, the author says, “…the purpose of this book is to approach the topic of false friends from a theoretical perspective—by means of which, not restricted to any particular language, I may undertake a study of the phenomenon as such…” (xiii [my emphasis]).