The Role of Functions in Syntax

A unified approach to language theory, description, and typology

| University of Colorado, Boulder
| University of Colorado, Boulder
ISBN 9789027206923 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027267283 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The main aim of this book is to address a fundamental question in linguistics, namely why languages are similar and why they are different. The study proposes that languages are fundamentally similar when they encode the same meanings in their grammatical systems and that languages are different when they encode different meanings. Even if languages encode the same meaning, they may differ with respect to the formal means used to code those meanings. This approach allows for a typology based on functional domains, subdomains and functions coded in individual languages. The outcome of the study is a unified approach to language theory, linguistic typology, and descriptive linguistics. The argumentation for the hypotheses and the proposed approach is supported by analyses of data from more than a dozen languages, including English, Polish, French, Wandala, Mina, Hdi, and several other Chadic languages. The study is accessible to a wide variety of linguists.
[Typological Studies in Language, 111]  2016.  xvi, 308 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Chapter 1. The importance of meaning for syntax
Chapter 2. Theoretical foundations of the proposed approach
Chapter 3. Why the meaning encoded in the grammatical system matters
Chapter 4. Lexical and morphological coding means and their implications
Chapter 5. Linear orders as coding means
Chapter 6. A methodology for the discovery of meanings encoded in the grammatical system
Chapter 7. The distinction between the meaning encoded in the grammatical system and inferences from utterances
Chapter 8. Indirectly affected argument, benefactive, and malefactive
Chapter 9. The clause and the meanings encoded in the grammatical system
Chapter 10. Clausal predications in English
Chapter 11. Clausal predications in Polish
Chapter 12. Clausal predications in Wandala
Chapter 13. Towards a non-aprioristic typology of functional categories
Chapter 14. Conclusions, implications, and open questions
Subject index
Language index
Name index
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2015049998 | Marc record