Animacy and Reference

A cognitive approach to corpus linguistics

| Doshisha University
ISBN 9789027230492 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781556199325 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027298768 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
The concept of ‘animacy’ concerns the fundamental and cognitive question of the extent to which we recognize and express living things as saliently human-like or animal-like.
In Animacy and Reference Mutsumi Yamamoto pursues two main objectives: First, to establish a conceptual framework of animacy, and secondly, to explain how the concept of animacy can be reflected in the use of referential expressions. Unlike previous studies on the subject focussing on grammatical manifestations, Animacy and Reference sheds light upon the conceptual properties of animacy itself and its reflection in referential processes.
For the research of this study the author focussed on languages that show completely different tendencies. As a result, English and Japanese ‘parallel corpora’ are analysed yielding salient observations and opening intriguing discussions.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 46]  1999.  xviii, 278 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
List of Figures
A. The General Animacy Scale
B. The Hierarchy of Persons
C. The Individuation Scale
D. Semantic Roles
E. Politeness
Chapter 1: What is ‘Animacy’?
1.1 General Animacy Scale: Humanness, Animacy and Inanimacy
1.2 Models of the ‘Animacy Hierarchy’ and Degree of Animacy within Human Category: with Reference to the Hierarchy of Persons and the Individuation Scale
1.3 Concluding Remarks
Chapter 2: What Does Animacy Do to Human Language?
2.1 Overview: With Reference to Number Distinction
2.2 Case Marking
2.3 Word Order
2.4 Subject Selection
2.5 Topicality
2.6 Towards a Generalisation: ‘Mind-style’ and Structural Salience of Animacy
2.7 Concluding Remarks
Chapter 3: Hierarchy of Persons and Animacy in English and Japanese
3.1 Overview
3.2 Some Remarks on the Pragmatic Characteristics of the Hierarchy of Persons
3.3 The Japanese Person System
3.4 Corpus Analysis and Treatment of Noun Phrases in Texts
3.5 First Person
3.6 Second Person
3.7 Third Person
3.8 Concluding Remarks
Chapter 4: Degree of Individuation and Encoding of Animacy
4.1 Overview
4.2 Persons as Individuals vs. Persons as Roles
4.3 Organisations: Borderline Cases between Animate and Inanimate Beings
4.4 Concluding Remarks
Chapter 5: Agency and Animacy
5.1 Overview
5.2 Agency
5.3 Expression and Suppression of Agency and Animacy
5.4 Concluding Remarks
Chapter 6: A Neverending Story of Animacy
6.1 A Neverending Story of Animacy
6.2 Concluding Summary — Contribution to Linguistics
Appendix: Lists of Human/Animate Noun Phrases in Corpus
Case Study 1: Yukio Mishima, Hyaku-man Yen Senbei (‘One Million Yen Rice Cracker’ or ‘Three Million Yen’)
Case Study 2: Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express
Case Study 3: Asahi Shinbun and Asahi Evening News
Case Study 4: Newsweek
Case Study 5: The Transactions of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers and Systems and Computers in Japan
Case Study 6: Scientific American
Case Study 7: ‘Tetsuko no Heya’
Case Study 8: Viewpoints
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