Advances in Functional Linguistics

Columbia School beyond its origins

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| The City College of New York
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This collection carries the functionalist Columbia School of linguistics forward with contributions on linguistic theory, semiotics, phonology, grammar, lexicon, and anthropology. Columbia School linguistics views language as a symbolic tool whose structure is shaped both by its communicative function and by the characteristics of its users, and considers contextual, pragmatic, physical, and psychological factors in its analyses. This volume builds upon three previous Columbia School anthologies and further explores issues raised in them, including fundamental theoretical and analytical questions. And it raises new issues that take Columbia School “beyond its origins.” The contributions illustrate both consistency since the school’s inception over thirty years ago and innovation spurred by groundbreaking analysis. The volume will be of interest to all functional linguists and historians of linguistics. Languages analyzed include Byelorussian, English, Japanese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Swahili.
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Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Introduction: Consistency and Change in Columbia School Linguistics
Joseph Davis
Columbia School and Saussure’s langue
Wallis Reid
Diver’s Theory
Alan Huffman
Phonology as human behavior: Inflectional systems in English
Yishai Tobin
Phonological processes of Japanese based on the theory of phonology as human behavior
Yishai Tobin and Haruko Miyakoda
Phonology as human behavior: A combinatory phonology of Byelorussian
Igor Dreer
Phonology as human behavior: The case of Peninsular Spanish
Adriaan Dekker and Bob de Jonge
Functional motivations for the sound patterns of English non-lexical Interjections
Gina Joue and Nikolinka Collier
Phonology without the phoneme
Joseph Davis
Grammar and lexicon
Tell me about yourself: A unified account of English-self pronouns
Nancy Stern
Se without deixis
Radmila J. Gorup
The difference between zero and nothing: Swahili noun class prefixes 5 and 9/10
Ellen Contini-Morava
A semantic analysis of Swahili suffix li
Robert A. Leonard and Wendy Saliba Leonard
The structure of the Japanese inferential system: A functional analysis of daroo, rashii, soo-da, and yooda
Hidemi Sugi Riggs
Structuring cues of conjunctive yet, but, and still: A monosemic approach
Charlene Crupi
Beyond Language
The case for articulatory gestures – not sounds – as the physical embodiment of speech signs
Thomas Eccardt
Meaning in nonlinguistic systems: Observations, remarks, and hypotheses on food, architecture, and honor in Kenya
Robert A. Leonard
Index of names
Subject index
“This volume represents a welcome addition to the literature on functional linguistics from the perspective of one of the most radically ambitious and creative groups of linguists in the field. The papers analyzing the group’s origins in the thinking of Saussure and Diver provide a valuable historical foundation. The inclusion of papers on both grammar and phonology testifies to the maturity and wide theoretical relevance of the approach, and the excursus into areas beyond language testifies to the breadth of its applicability for anthropological thinking.”
“All linguists — of whatever theoretical persuasion or language area — need to read this rich and valuable book. Whatever you believe as a linguist, you will learn things here that you will not learn elsewhere, including both linguistic data and explanations of the sort simply not offered in other approaches, formal or functional. Optimality theorists, take note! Generative, Cognitive, and Grammaticalization theorists, take note!”
“For all linguists, familiar or not with the Columbia School approach to linguistic analysis, this volume is an invitation to revisit and reconsider many, perhaps most, fundamental goals and concepts in linguistics which are taken for granted and/or often ignored by most other approaches. For the first time an entire volume is devoted exclusively to an inside conversation among practitioners of the Columbia School. Eavesdroppers from other theoretical practices will find much of value in the issues raised, for the insights offered by both the general theoretical discussions and internal debates within this school, on one hand, and the particular analyses proposed for a variety of languages.”
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2006043042
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Cited by other publications

Davis, Joseph
2017.  In The Substance and Value of Italian Si [Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, 74],
Kirsner, Robert S.
2014.  In Qualitative-Quantitative Analyses of Dutch and Afrikaans Grammar and Lexicon [Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, 67],
Lemus Sarmiento, Aura
2017. ¿Qué significa ‘te llamo para atrás’?. Spanish in Context 14:2  pp. 186 ff.
Tobin, Yishai
2009. Phonology as Human Behavior: Applying Theory to the Clinic. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing 12:2  pp. 81 ff.

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