Language Structure and Environment
Social, cultural, and natural factors
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.
[Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts, 6] 2015. vi, 370 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The influence of social, cultural, and natural factors on language structure: An overviewRik De Busser | pp. 1–28
Grammar and culture
Chapter 2. On the logical necessity of a cultural and cognitive connection for the origin of all aspects of linguistic structureRandy J. LaPolla | pp. 31–44
Chapter 3. The body, the universe, society and language: Germanic in the grip of the unknownKate Burridge | pp. 45–76
Chapter 4. When culture grammaticalizes: The pronominal system of Onya DaratUri Tadmor | pp. 77–98
Chapter 5. The cultural bases of linguistic form: The development of Nanti quotative evidentialsLev Michael | pp. 99–130
Grammar and society
Chapter 6. Societies of intimates and linguistic complexityPeter Trudgill | pp. 133–148
Chapter 7. On the relation between linguistic and social factors in migrant language contactMichael Clyne, Yvette Slaughter, John Hajek and Doris Schüpbach | pp. 149–176
Grammar and geography
Chapter 8. Topography in language: Absolute Frame of Reference and the Topographic Correspondence HypothesisBill Palmer | pp. 177–226
Chapter 9. Walk around the clock: The shaping of a (counter-)clockwise distinction in Siar directionalsFriedel Martin Frowein | pp. 227–260
Chapter 10. Types of spread zones: Open and closed, horizontal and verticalJohanna Nichols | pp. 261–286
Grammar and evolution
Chapter 11. The role of adaptation in understanding linguistic diversityGary Lupyan and Rick Dale | pp. 289–316
Grammar and the field of linguistics
Chapter 12. On becoming an object of study: Legitimization in the discipline of LinguisticsCatherine L. Easton and Tonya N. Stebbins | pp. 319–352
Subjects and Languages Index | pp. 353–366
Author Index | pp. 367–370
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General