Subjects in Constructions – Canonical and Non-Canonical

| University of Turku
| University of Turku
ISBN 9789027204387 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269188 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This volume analyzes constructions with non-canonical subjects in individual languages and cross-linguistically, drawing on insights from cognitive and discourse-functional linguistics. Prototypical subjects have often been characterized in terms of their semantic, syntactic and discourse features, such as animacy, agentivity, topicality, referentiality, definiteness and autonomy of existence of the subject referent. A non-canonical subject is one that lacks some of these features. This may be reflected in its meaning, grammatical coding, and/or discourse function. In discussing non-canonical subjects in individual languages and cross-linguistically, the chapters in the volume address the following more general topics: What kinds of grammatical, semantic and discourse criteria can be used to distinguish subjects from non-subjects? To what extent are subject criteria construction-specific? What kinds of constructions have non-canonical subjects? What are the semantic and discourse functions of constructions with non-canonical subjects? Are subjects which are grammatically non-canonical also atypical in terms of their discourse features?
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 16]  2015.  viii, 324 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Canonical and non-canonical subjects in constructions: Perspectives from cognition and discourse
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo and Tuomas Huumo
Section I: Grammatical and discourse perspectives on non-canonical subjects
On the subject of subject in Finnish
Tuomas Huumo and Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
Hidden subjects in conversation: Estonian personless verb forms as referential devices9
Renate Pajusalu
Subjects under generic conditions: Implied subjects in Finnish and Estonian if-clauses
Hanna Jokela and Helen Plado
Section II: Stretching the limits of subjecthood
Abstract locational subjects: Field and settings in French and English
Michel Achard
Subjecthood of the agent argument in Estonian passive constructions
Liina Lindström
Categorization and semantics of subject-like obliques: A cross-linguistic perspective
Ilja A. Seržant
The world is raining: Meteorological predicates and their subjects in a typological perspective
Pål Kristian Eriksen, Seppo Kittilä and Leena Kolehmainen
Section III: Subjects in networks of constructions
The syntactic and semantic history of the Finnish genitive subject: Construction networks and the rise of a grammatical category
Jaakko Leino
From canon to monolith to clusters: A constructionist model of subjecthood in Russian
Aki-Juhani Kyröläinen
The role of non-canonical subjects in the overall grammar of a language: A case study of Russian
Laura A. Janda and Dagmar Divjak
Construction index
Subject index
“The contributions to the volume under review, even when offering an analysis of Finnish or Estonian data, are of broader interest and can be read with profit by anyone concerned with general questions of grammatical relations and the different angles under which they can be approached. It should be noted, however, that several authors take the notion of subjecthood rather broadly, extending it to agent phrases, defocused referents in agent-backgrounding constructions etc. The different perspectives taken by the authors will certainly inspire further research into a domain that has much to gain from a constructional approach. The contents of the volume fully justify its title, as they illustrate the benefits of studying subjects in constructions, in the various meanings in which this formulation may be understood.”
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Barðdal, Jóhanna
2018.  In Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects [Studies in Language Companion Series, 200],  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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