Textual Parameters in Older Languages

| University of Texas, Arlington
| Free University, Amsterdam
| University of Copenhagen
ISBN 9789027237026 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556199738 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027299604 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
Textual Parameters in Older Languages takes a contemporary approach to the inherent limitations of using older texts as data for linguistic analysis, drawing on methods of text analysis, pragmatics and sociolinguistics to supplement traditional historical and philological methods. The focus of the book is on the importance of controlling for textual parameters-defined by the editors as dimensions of variation associated with texts and their production, including text type, degree of poeticality, orality, and dialect-in the analysis of older language data. Failure to do so can result in invalid generalizations; recognizing the influence of textual parameters, conversely, raises a myriad of issues for the practice and theory of historical linguistics.
The 12 essays in this collection apply this approach in analyses of anaphora, non-finite verbal forms, particles, punctuation, word order and other phenomena in a wide range of languages including Ancient Tamil, Sanskrit, Latin, Heian Japanese, Medieval Greek, Old French, Old Russian, Middle English, and Modern Danish. An in-depth introduction by the editors lays out the goals of the textual parameters approach, and considers the methodological and theoretical consequences of the evidence presented in the book as a whole.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 195]  2000.  x, 448 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
On Textual Parameters and Older Languages
Susan C. Herring, Pieter van Reenen and Lene Schøsler
Methodologies and Ideologies in Historical Linguistics: On working with older languages
Suzanne Fleischman
The Pragmatic Functions of the Old French Particles AINZ, APRES, DONC, LORS, OR, PUIS, and SI
Pieter van Reenen and Lene Schøsler
Discourse Organization and Anaphora in Latin
A. Machtelt Bolkestein
The Importance of Discourse Types in Grammaticalization: The case of anon
Laurel J. Brinton
Genre, Discourse, and Syntax in Early Indo-European, with Emphasis on Sanskrit
Hans Henrich Hock
Poeticality and Word Order in Old Tamil
Susan C. Herring
Suppressed Assertion and the Functions of the Final-Attributive in Prose and Poetry of Heian Japanese
Shoichi Iwasaki
Robert Keayne’s Notebooks: A verbatim record of spoken English in early Boston?
Merja Kytö
Textual Authenticity: Evidence from Medieval Greek
Brian D. Joseph
Parameters Underlying Punctuation in Older Russian Texts
Jadranka Gvozdanović
The Middle English Verb-Second Constraint: A case study in language contact and language change
Anthony S. Kroch, Ann Taylor and Don Ringe
A la Recherche du Word Order Not Quite Perdu
Frans Gregersen and Inge Lise Pedersen
Index of Languages
Index of Subjects
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00021367 | Marc record