Directions in Functional Linguistics

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| Dokkyo University, Soka, Japan
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Functional linguistics is concerned with the function of language and considers it an essense of human language. Views like this is not particularly new, but rather traditional in the history of linguistics. But today functional linguistics is constituted by a wide range of theoretical and methodological concerns. What unifies them as functional is the concern with discourse. This is quite natural since language can only function in discourse, not as isolated sentences.
This collection of papers reflects some of the major approaches and methodologies in contemporary functional linguistics in Japan and the United States. Based on the fundamental concerns with discourse, the nine articles deal with a variety of up to date topics in functionalism and present numerous analyses, discussing from the question of basic grammatical categories to the inadequacy of some representative analyses in formal linguistics.
This book is intended for readers with a wide scope of interest, for example, for those who are interested in discourse and conversational analysis, information structure, modality, aspect, morphology and syntax. Readers will learn how various contemporary functional linguistics is and yet how fundamental the role of discourse is throughout the functional inquiry in language.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 36]  1997.  xiii, 259 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
v
Preface
ix
Contributors
xiii
Dispersed Verbal Predicates in Vernacular Written Narrative
Paul J. Hopper
1
Deontic Modality and Conditionality in Discourse: A Cross-linguistic Study of Adult Speech to Young Children
Patricia M. Clancy, Noriko Akatasuka and Susan Strauss
19
Discourse Motivations for the Core-Oblique Distinction as a Language Universal
Sandra A. Thompson
59
Agentivity and Aspect in Japanese: A Functional Perspective
Wesley M. Jacobsen
83
On the Functions of Left-Dislocation in English Discourse
Ellen F. Prince
117
Evidentiality and Some Discourse Characteristics in Japanese
Akio Kamio
145
On Japanese Quantifier Floating
Shoko Hamano
173
The Battle over Anaphoric ‘Islands’: Syntax vs. Pragmatics
Gregory Ward
199
Structural or Functional Accounts?
Susumu Kuno and Ken-ichi Takami
221
Index of Names
251
Index of Subjects
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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