Practical Theories and Empirical Practice

A linguistic perspective

| Griffith University, Brisbane
ISBN 9789027223944 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027272454 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
There is a perceived tension between empirical and theoretical approaches to the study of language. Many recent works in the discipline emphasise that linguistics is an ‘empirical science’. This volume argues for a nuanced view, highlighting that theory and practice necessarily and as a matter of fact complement each other in linguistic research. Its contributions – ranging from experimental studies in psychology via linguistic fieldwork and cross-linguistic comparisons to the application of formal and logical approaches to language – exemplify the mutual relationship between empirical and theoretical work. The volume illustrates how selected topics are addressed by different contributions and methodological stances. Topics include the cognitive grounding of language, social cognition and the construction of meaning in interaction, and, closely related, pragmatics from a typological perspective and beyond. Anyone interested in these topics and more generally in meta-theoretical considerations will find great value in this volume.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 40]  2012.  xi, 338 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Practical theories and empirical practice – facets of a complex interaction
Andrea C. Schalley
Part I. Empirical practice
The embodiment of linguistic meaning: Key findings from psychology and neuroscience
Patric Bach
Infants’ encoding of social interaction as a conceptual foundation for the acquisition of argument structure
Claudia Thoermer, Annina Neumann and Beate Sodian
Referring to colour and taste in Kilivila: Stability and change in two lexical domains of sensory perception
Gunter Senft
Yucatec demonstratives in interaction: Spontaneous vs. elicited data
Jürgen Bohnemeyer
Many languages, one knowledge base: Introducing a collaborative ontolinguistic research tool
Andrea C. Schalley
Part II. Practical theories
Nen assentives and the phenomenon of dialogic parallelisms
Nicholas Evans
Evidentiality, modality, focus and other puzzles: Some reflections on metadiscourse and typology
Leila Behrens
Does Searle’s challenge affect chances for approximating assertion and quotative modal wollen?
Hans-Martin Gärtner
The pragmatics of argumentation: Commitment to implicit premises
Thomas Becker
Implicature of complex sentences in error models
Anton Benz
The semantics of functional spaces
James Pustejovsky
Language index
Name index
Subject index
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Pensalfini, Rob, Diana Guillemin & Myfany Turpin
2014.  In Language Description Informed by Theory [Studies in Language Companion Series, 147],  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Schalley, Andrea C., Simon Musgrave & Michael Haugh
2014. Accessing Phonetic Variation in Spoken Language Corpora through Non-standard Orthography. Australian Journal of Linguistics 34:1  pp. 139 ff. Crossref logo

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BIC Subject: CFD – Psycholinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012036720 | Marc record