Preferred Argument Structure

Grammar as architecture for function

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ISBN 9789027226242 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781588113696 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027296139 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
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
Table of Contents
John W. Du Bois, Lorraine E. Kumpf and William J. Ashby
Argument structure: Grammar in use
John W. Du Bois
Preferred Argument Structure across time and space: A comparative diachronic analysis of French and Spanish
William J. Ashby and Paola Bentivoglio
The lexicon in interaction: Developmental origins of Preferred Argument Structure in Korean
Patricia M. Clancy
Genre and Preferred Argument Structure: Sources of argument structure in classroom discourse
Lorraine E. Kumpf
Issues in the comparative argument structure analysis in Mayan narratives
Nora C. England and Laura Martin
New light on information pressure: Information conduits, “escape valves”, and role alignment stretching
Mark Durie
Beyond Preferred Argument Structure: Sentences, pronouns, and given referents in Nepali
Carol Genetti and Laura D. Crain
Multiple constraints on reference form: Null, pronominal, and full reference in Mapudungun
Jennifer E. Arnold
Argument splits in Finnish grammar and discourse
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
Core arguments and the inversion of the nominal hierarchy in Roviana
Simon H. Corston-Oliver
Preferred Argument Structure in early Inuktitut spontaneous speech data
Shanley E.M. Allen and Heike Schröder
The role of Preferred Argument Structure for understanding aphasic sentence planning
Susan E. Kohn and Ana Cragnolino
Nominal information flow in the talk of two boys with autism
Elizabeth G. Weber
Tracking the deer: Nominal reference, parallelism and Preferred Argument Structure in Itzaj Maya narrative genres
Charles Andrew Hofling
Narrator virtuosity and the strategic exploitation of Preferred Argument Structure in Mocho: Repetition and constructed speech in Mocho narrative
Laura Martin
Preferred Argument Structure Bibliography
Name index
Language index
Subject index
“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.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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