Asymmetric Events

ISBN 9789027238993 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The book introduces the concept of asymmetric events, an important concept in language and cognition, which, for the first time in linguistic literature, is identified in a more systematic way and analyzed in a number of different languages, including typologically or genetically unrelated ones. Asymmetric events are two or more events of unequal status in an utterance and papers in the volume present ways in which a linguistic description of main events in a sentence is different (morphologically, syntactically, discursively) from a description of backgrounded events. The prototypical asymmetries involving perception, cognition, and language are identified in subordination, nominalization and modification of various kinds but they extend to coordinate structures, serial verbs, spatial language and viewing arrangement, as well as part - whole relations. The perspective is broadly cognitive and functional, the authors use different though complementing methodologies, some include corpus data, and the asymmetries are shown to have a variety of stylistic and ideological implications.

An in-depth analysis of manifold asymmetries in structure and function of diverse languages makes this volume of interest to linguists of different persuasion, philosophers, cognitive researchers, discourse analysts and students of language and cognition.

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Table of Contents
Part I: Event chains and complex events
1. Asymmetry in English multi-verb sequences: A corpus-based approach
John Newman and Sally Rice
2. Asymmetries for locating events with Cora spatial language
Eugene H. Casad
3. Spanish (de)queisimo: Part/whole alternation and viewing arrangement
Nicole Delbecque
4. What does coordination look like in a head-final language?
Nayoung Kwon and Maria Polinsky
5. Verb serialization as a means to express complex events in Thai
Kingkarn Thepkanjana
6. Notional asymmetry in syntactic symmetry: Connective and accessibility marker interactions
Katsunobu Izutsu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu
Part II: Subordination, nominalization, modification
7. Subordination in Cognitive grammar
Ronald W. Langacker
8. Asymmetric events, subordination, and grammatical categories
Sonia Cristofaro
9. Asymmetry reversal
Frank Lichtenberk
10. Transparency vs. Economy: How does Adioukrou resolve the conflict?
Kaoru Horie, Prashant Pardeshi and Guy Kaul
11. Relating participants across asymmetric events: Conceptual constraints on obligatory control
Klaus-Uwe Panther
12. The Portugese inflected infinitive and its conceptual basis
Augusto Soares da Silva
13. The periphrastic realization of participants in nominalizations: Semantic and discourse constraints
Liesbet Heyvaert
14. Asymmetries in participial modification
Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk
Author index
Subject index
“The book is an important contribution in the recent trend of cross-linguistically and typologically-driven syntactic research and presents a cognitive-functional perspective on an abstract structural domain, subordination, that has generally been the target of more formally-driven, language-specific inquiry. The articles in the book, including work by some of the leading scholars in the field, argue convincingly for the cognitive underpinnings of some of the most abstract morphosyntactic phenomena in natural language, and shows how taking this approach provides insights not only into the structure of a wide range of grammatical systems, but also into the way human beings conceptualize events and encode these conceptualizations for the purposes of communication.”
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Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara
2016.  In Conceptualizations of Time [Human Cognitive Processing, 52],  pp. ix 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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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007048316 | Marc record