Usage-based and Typological Approaches to Linguistic Units

Editors
| University of Alberta
| University of Helsinki
| Keio University
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The chapters in this volume focus on how we might understand the concept of ‘unit’ in human languages. It is an analytical notion that has been widely adopted by linguists of various theoretical and applied orientations but has recently been critically examined by both typologically oriented and interactional linguistics. This volume contributes to and extends this discussion by examining the nature of units in actual usage in a range of genetically and typologically unrelated languages, English, Finnish, Indonesian, Japanese, and Mandarin, engaging with fundamental theoretical issues. The chapters show that categories originally created for the description of Indo-European languages have limited usefulness if our goal is to understand the nature of human language in general. The authors thus question the status of traditionally accepted linguistic units, especially their static understanding as a priori entities, and suggest instead that an emergent and interactional view of both structure and function offers a better fit with the data from the languages examined. Originally published as special issue 43:2 (2019) of Studies in Language.
[Benjamins Current Topics, 114]  Expected May 2021.  vi, 247 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
On the notion of unit in the study of human languages
Tsuyoshi Ono, Ritva Laury and Ryoko Suzuki
2–9
Understanding ‘clause’ as an emergent ‘unit’ in everyday conversation
Sandra A. Thompson
12–37
Linguistic units and their systems: Completeness, self-reference, and contingency
Ross Krekoski
40–58
Free NPs as units in Finnish
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
60–86
Referring expressions in categorizing activities: Rethinking the nature of linguistic units for the study of interaction
Patricia Mayes and Hongyin Tao
88–121
Questioning the clause as a crosslinguistic unit in grammar and interaction
Ritva Laury, Tsuyoshi Ono and Ryoko Suzuki
124–160
The predicate as a locus of grammar and interaction in colloquial Indonesian
Michael C. Ewing
162–202
Index
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax