Language Structure and Environment

Social, cultural, and natural factors

| National Chengchi University, Taiwan
| Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
ISBN 9789027204097 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268730 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Language Structure and Environment is a broad introduction to how languages are shaped by their environment. It makes the argument that the social, cultural, and natural environment of speakers influences the structures and development of the languages they speak. After a general overview, the contributors explain in a number of detailed case studies how specific cultural, societal, geographical, evolutionary and meta-linguistic pressures determine the development of specific grammatical features and the global structure of a varied selection of languages. This is a work of meticulous scholarship at the forefront of a burgeoning field of linguistics.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The influence of social, cultural, and natural factors on language structure: An overview
Rik De Busser
Grammar and culture
Chapter 2. On the logical necessity of a cultural and cognitive connection for the origin of all aspects of linguistic structure
Randy J. LaPolla
Chapter 3. The body, the universe, society and language: Germanic in the grip of the unknown
Kate Burridge
Chapter 4. When culture grammaticalizes: The pronominal system of Onya Darat
Uri Tadmor
Chapter 5. The cultural bases of linguistic form: The development of Nanti quotative evidentials
Lev Michael
Grammar and society
Chapter 6. Societies of intimates and linguistic complexity
Peter Trudgill
Chapter 7. On the relation between linguistic and social factors in migrant language contact
Michael Clyne, Yvette Slaughter, John Hajek and Doris Schüpbach
Grammar and geography
Chapter 8. Topography in language: Absolute Frame of Reference and the Topographic Correspondence Hypothesis
Bill Palmer
Chapter 9. Walk around the clock: The shaping of a (counter-)clockwise distinction in Siar directionals
Friedel Martin Frowein
Chapter 10. Types of spread zones: Open and closed, horizontal and vertical
Johanna Nichols
Grammar and evolution
Chapter 11. The role of adaptation in understanding linguistic diversity
Gary Lupyan and Rick Dale
Grammar and the field of linguistics
Chapter 12. On becoming an object of study: Legitimization in the discipline of Linguistics
Catherine L. Easton and Tonya N. Stebbins
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014049824 | Marc record