Linguistic Diversity and Language Theories

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| University of Colorado
| University of Colorado
| University of Colorado
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From the refinement of general methodology, to new insights of synchronic and diachronic universals, to studies of specific phenomena, this collection demonstrates the crucial role that language data play in the evolution of useful, accurate linguistic theories. Issues addressed include the determination of meaning in typological studies; a refined understanding of diachronic processes by including intentional, social, statistical, and level-determined phenomena; the reconsideration of categories such as sentence, evidential or adposition, and structures such as compounds or polysynthesis; the tension between formal simplicity and functional clarity; the inclusion of unusual systems in theoretical debates; and fresh approaches to Chinese classifiers, possession in Oceanic languages, and English aspect. This is a careful selection of papers presented at the International Symposium on Linguistic Diversity and Language Theories in Boulder, Colorado. The purpose of the Symposium was to confront fundamental issues in language structure and change with the rich variation of forms and functions observed across languages.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 72]  2005.  xii, 432 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Zygmunt Frajzyngier and David S. Rood
vii
What are we typologists doing?
Gilbert Lazard
1–23
The canonical approach in typology*
Greville G. Corbett
25–49
What is an empirical theory of linguistic meaning a theory of?
Pierre-Yves Raccah
51–80
Language processes, theory and description of language change, and building on the past: Lessons from Songhay
Robert Nicolaï
81–104
On the part played by human conscious choice in language structure and language evolution
Claude Hagège
105–117
The challenge of polygrammaticalization for linguistic theory: Fractal grammar and transcategorical functioning
Stéphane Robert
119–142
On discourse frequency, grammar, and grammaticalization
Regina Pustet
143–168
On the assumption of the sentence as the basic unit of syntactic structure
Marianne Mithun
169–183
Adpositions as a non-universal category
Scott DeLancey
185–202
Understanding antigemination
Juliette Blevins
203–234
What it means to be rare: The variability of person marking
Michael Cysouw
235–258
The principle of Functional Transparency in language structure and in language evolution
Zygmunt Frajzyngier
259–283
The importance of discourse analysis for linguistic theory: A Mandarin Chinese Illustration
Liang Tao
285–317
Compounding theories and linguistic diversity
Anders Soegaard
319–337
Inalienability and possessum individuation*
Frank Lichtenberk
339–362
Resultativeness in English: A sign-oriented approach
Marina Gorlach
363–377
Encoding speaker perspective: Evidentials
Ferdinand de Haan
379–397
Distinguishing between referential and grammatical function in morphological typology
Edward J. Vajda
399–422
Index
423–430
“The book offers a smorgasbord of current theoretical approaches to a variety of linguistic topics. Especially if you hit rock bottom and need a challenging linguistic question or two, look no further.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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