Functional-Historical Approaches to Explanation

In honor of Scott DeLancey

| Boise State University
| SIL International
| Australian National University
| University of Oregon
ISBN 9789027206848 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027271976 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Contributions from both well-known practitioners and new voices in the areas of language typology, historical linguistics, and function-based approaches to language description define this volume, as does its foci in two major geographical areas — southeast Asia and northwestern North America. All of the papers appeal, in one way or another, to functional-historical approaches to explanation. Behind this appeal lies an assumption that languages are selective in their development in ways that are dependent upon the communicative tasks to which they are put. As such, language function accounts for both variation and historical development over time.
[Typological Studies in Language, 103]  2013.  xviii, 294 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Typological studies
Non-aprioristic typology as a discovery tool
Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Chorophorics, or the difference between place as an entity and place as a position in space
Claude Hagège
On the diachrony of the ‘Ethical Dative’
T. Givón
Part II. Contributions to historical linguistics
Biactantial agreement in the Gongduk transitive verb in the broader Tibeto-Burman context
George L. van Driem
The dinguist’s dilemma: Regular and sporadic l/d interchange in Sino-Tibetan and elsewhere
James A. Matisoff
Part III. TAME and case alignment
Person-sensitive TAME marking in Galo: Historical origins and functional motivation
Mark W. Post
Agent case marking in Sahaptian
Virginia Beavert and Joana Jansen
Part IV. Multi-clause constructions
The Kurtöp -si construction: Converbs, clause-chains and verb serialization
Gwendolyn Hyslop
Verb serialization in Ede from a diachronic perspective
Tam Nguyen
Tense-aspect morphology from nominalizers in Newar
Carol Genetti
Part V. Functional motivation and extension
Predicting reference form: A Pear Story Study of information status, thematic role and animacy in Meithei (Manipuri, Meiteiron)
Shobhana L. Chelliah
Causation as “functional sink” in Northern Paiute
Tim Thornes
The challenge of Maa ‘Away’
Doris L. Payne
Name index
Language index
Subject index
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Frajzyngier, Zygmunt & Amina Mettouchi
2015.  In Corpus-based Studies of Lesser-described Languages [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 68],  pp. 257 ff. Crossref logo
Givón, T.
2015.  In The Diachrony of Grammar, Crossref logo
Kuteva, Tania, Bernd Heine, Bo Hong, Haiping Long, Heiko Narrog & Seongha Rhee
2019.  In World Lexicon of Grammaticalization, Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013006713 | Marc record