Preferred Argument Structure
Grammar as architecture for function
John W. Du Bois | University of California
Lorraine E. Kumpf | California State University
William J. Ashby | University of California
Preferred Argument Structure offers a profound insight into the relationship between language use and grammatical structure. In his original publication on Preferred Argument Structure, Du Bois (1987) demonstrated the power of this perspective by using it to explain the origins of ergativity and ergative marking systems. Since this work, the general applicability of Preferred Argument Structure has been demonstrated in studies of language after language. In this collection, the authors move beyond verifying Preferred Argument Structure as a property of a given language. They use the methodology to reveal more subtle aspects of the patterns, for example, to look across languages, diachronically or synchronically, to examine particular grammatical relations, and to examine special populations or particular genres. This volume will appeal to linguists interested in the relationship of pragmatics and grammar generally, in the typology of grammatical relations, and in explanations derived from data- and corpus-based approaches to analysis.
[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 14] 2003. ix, 458 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | p. vii
Abbreviations | p. ix
IntroductionJohn W. Du Bois, Lorraine E. Kumpf and William J. Ashby | pp. 1–10
Argument structure: Grammar in useJohn W. Du Bois | pp. 11–60
Preferred Argument Structure across time and space: A comparative diachronic analysis of French and SpanishWilliam J. Ashby and Paola Bentivoglio | pp. 61–80
The lexicon in interaction: Developmental origins of Preferred Argument Structure in KoreanPatricia M. Clancy | pp. 81–108
Genre and Preferred Argument Structure: Sources of argument structure in classroom discourseLorraine E. Kumpf | pp. 109–130
Issues in the comparative argument structure analysis in Mayan narrativesNora C. England and Laura Martin | pp. 131–157
New light on information pressure: Information conduits, “escape valves”, and role alignment stretchingMark Durie | pp. 159–196
Beyond Preferred Argument Structure: Sentences, pronouns, and given referents in NepaliCarol Genetti and Laura D. Crain | pp. 197–223
Multiple constraints on reference form: Null, pronominal, and full reference in MapudungunJennifer E. Arnold | pp. 225–245
Argument splits in Finnish grammar and discourseMarja-Liisa Helasvuo | pp. 247–272
Core arguments and the inversion of the nominal hierarchy in RovianaSimon H. Corston-Oliver | pp. 273–300
Preferred Argument Structure in early Inuktitut spontaneous speech dataShanley E.M. Allen and Heike Schröder | pp. 301–338
The role of Preferred Argument Structure for understanding aphasic sentence planningSusan E. Kohn and Ana Cragnolino | pp. 339–351
Nominal information flow in the talk of two boys with autismElizabeth G. Weber | pp. 353–383
Tracking the deer: Nominal reference, parallelism and Preferred Argument Structure in Itzaj Maya narrative genresCharles Andrew Hofling | pp. 385–410
Narrator virtuosity and the strategic exploitation of Preferred Argument Structure in Mocho: Repetition and constructed speech in Mocho narrativeLaura Martin | pp. 411–435
Name index | pp. 447–448
Language index | pp. 449–450
Subject index | pp. 451–458
“This volume is an important contribution to the field of discourse-grammar interaction because it adopts a crosslinguistic approach that neglects neither the (potential) universals nor the language-particular differences. [...], it teaches us a lot about how grammar-relevant discourse tendencies can be studied. Those who want to understand the discourse basis of grammar will want to take this line of research as one of their starting points.”
Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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