Content, Expression and Structure

Studies in Danish functional grammar

| University of Copenhagen
| University of Copenhagen
| University of Copenhagen
| University of Copenhagen
| University of Copenhagen
ISBN 9789027230324 (Eur) | EUR 135.00
ISBN 9781556193811 (USA) | USD 203.00
ISBN 9789027282019 | EUR 135.00 | USD 203.00
This collection of papers offers an alternative to mainstream functional linguistics on two points. Especially in American linguistics, function and structure are often viewed almost as polar opposites; in addition, structure is often understood as being only a matter of linguistic form — or expression — as opposed to content. The book tries to illustrate why function and structure must be understood as mutually dependent in relation to language — and why the most interesting aspect of language structure is the way it structures the content side of language. In this, the book represents a reaffirmation of traditional concerns in structural linguistics, especially with respect to the structural integrity of individual languages — but with a reversal of traditional priority: structure is not autonomous, but must be understood on the basis of function. Without being hostile to typological and universal generalizations, the articles suggest that similarities between languages can only be responsibly discussed on the basis of an understanding that includes a respect for language differences.
The book contains discussions of a number of different languages including Nahuatl, Danish Sign Language, French, and Tlapanec, and focuses on the way meaning is organized in the grammar of Danish. A final section sums up theoretical perspectives.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 29]  1996.  xvi, 510 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Is there a passive in Nahuatl?
Una Canger
Grammaticalized focus in Yukagir: Is it really grammaticalized and is it really focus?
Michael Fortescue
Iconic motivations in conflict: Language-specific structure and influence from the medium
Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen
The syntax of Danish verbs: Lexical and syntactic transitivity
Per Durst-Andersen and Michael Herslund
From lexical potential to syntactic realization: A Danish verb valency model
Lone Schack Rasmussen and Lisbeth Falster Jakobsen
Danish directional adverbs: Content syntax and complex predicates — a case for host and co-predicates
Peter Harder, Lars Heltoft and Ole Nedergaard Thomsen
Danish passives and subject positions as a mood system: A content analysis
Lars Heltoft and Lisbeth Falster Jakobsen
Information structure and the anatomy of the noun phrase: The expression of subject and object in Danish noun phrases
Irène Baron
Topic continuity and prosody: An experimental study in Danish
Erik Kristiansen
Discourse particles in Danish
Niels Davidsen-Nielsen
Eh bien : Marker of comparison and contrast
Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen
The degrammaticalization of agentivity in Tlapanec
Søren Wichmann
The functions of locative prepositions
Ebbe Spang-Hanssen and Henrik Rue
Communicative function and language-specific structure in second language acquisition: A discussion of natural sequences of acquisition
Karen Lund
Theoretical considerations
Linguistic structure in a functional grammar
Peter Harder
Iconicity and arbitrariness
Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen
Paradigmatic structure, word order and grammaticalization
Lars Heltoft
Subject index
Index of names
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