Grammar from the Human Perspective

Case, space and person in Finnish

| University of Turku
| University of Utah
ISBN 9789027247926 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027293213 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00

The papers of this volume investigate how grammar codes the subjective viewpoint of human language users, that is, how grammar reflects human conceptualization. Some of the articles deal with spatial relations and locations. They discuss how basic attributes of human conceptualization are encoded in the grammatical expression of spatial relations. Other articles concern embodiment in language, showing how conceptualization is mediated by one’s embodied experience of the world and ourselves. Finally, some of the articles discuss coding of person focusing on the subjec­tivity of conceptualization and how it is reflected in grammar.

The articles show that conceptualization reflects the speaker’s construal of the situation, and furthermore, that it is intersubjective because it reflects the speaker’s understanding of the relations between the speech act participants. The papers deal with Finnish, utilizing the rich resources of Finnish grammar to contribute to issues in contemporary linguistics and in particular to Cognitive Grammar.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 277]  2006.  x, 280 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
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Introduction: Grammar from the human perspective
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo and Lyle Campbell
An introduction to Finnish spatial relations: Local cases and adpositions
Tuomas Huumo and Krista Ojutkangas
Part I: Space and location
Spatial axes in language and conceptualisation: The case of bidirectional constructions
Krista Ojutkangas
“I woke up from the sofa” Subjective directionality in Finnish expressions of a spatio-cognitive transfer
Tuomas Huumo
Metonymy in locatives of state
Tiina Onikki-Rantajääskö
Part II: The human perspective
Body part names and grammaticalization
Toni Suutari
On distinguishing between ‘recipient’ and ‘beneficiary’ in Finnish
Seppo Kittilä
Oblique mentions of human referents in Finnish conversation: The effects of prominence in discourse and grammar
Ritva Laury
Part III: Person
Person in Finnish: Paradigmatic and syntagmatic relations in interaction
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo and Lea Laitinen
Zero person in Finnish: A grammatical resource for construing human reference
Lea Laitinen
Passive — personal or impersonal? A Finnish perspective
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
Index of terms
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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