The Role of Functions in Syntax

A unified approach to language theory, description, and typology

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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
Acknowledgments
xiii–xiv
List of abbreviations
xv–xvi
Chapter 1. The importance of meaning for syntax
1–14
Chapter 2. Theoretical foundations of the proposed approach
15–48
Chapter 3. Why the meaning encoded in the grammatical system matters
49–68
Chapter 4. Lexical and morphological coding means and their implications
69–84
Chapter 5. Linear orders as coding means
85–106
Chapter 6. A methodology for the discovery of meanings encoded in the grammatical system
107–136
Chapter 7. The distinction between the meaning encoded in the grammatical system and inferences from utterances
137–158
Chapter 8. Indirectly affected argument, benefactive, and malefactive
159–178
Chapter 9. The clause and the meanings encoded in the grammatical system
179–206
Chapter 10. Clausal predications in English
207–220
Chapter 11. Clausal predications in Polish
221–236
Chapter 12. Clausal predications in Wandala
237–262
Chapter 13. Towards a non-aprioristic typology of functional categories
263–280
Chapter 14. Conclusions, implications, and open questions
281–290
References
291–302
Subject index
303–304
Language index
305–306
Name index
307–308
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2015049998