Nicholas Evans | Australian National University
Honoré Watanabe | ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
The phenomenon of insubordination can be defined diachronically as the recruitment of main clause structures from subordinate structures, or synchronically as the independent use of constructions exhibiting characteristics of subordinate clauses. Long marginalised as uncomfortable exceptions, insubordinated clause phenomena turn out to be surprisingly widespread, and provide a vital empirical testing ground for various central theoretical issues in current linguistics – the interplay of langue and parole, the emergence of structure, the question of where productive syntactic rules give way to constructions, the role of prosody in language change, and the question of how far grammars are produced by isolated speakers as opposed to being collaboratively constructed in dialogue. This volume – the first book-length treatment on the topic – assembles studies of languages on all continents, by scholars who bring a range of approaches to bear on the topic, from historical linguistics to corpus studies to typology to conversational analysis.
[Typological Studies in Language, 115] 2016. xii, 435 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Preface | pp. vii–viii
Map | pp. ix–x
Author affiliations | pp. xi–xii
Chapter 1. The dynamics of insubordination: An overviewNicholas Evans and Honoré Watanabe | pp. 1–38
Chapter 2. On insubordination and cooptationBernd Heine, Gunther Kaltenböck and Tania Kuteva | pp. 39–64
Chapter 3. Running in the family: Patterns of complement insubordination in GermanicJean-Christophe Verstraete and Sarah D'Hertefelt | pp. 65–88
Chapter 4. Independent si-clauses in Spanish: Functions and consequences for insubordinationScott A. Schwenter | pp. 89–112
Chapter 5. Revisiting the functional typology of insubordination: Insubordinate que-constructions in Spanish*Pedro Gras | pp. 113–144
Chapter 6. Insubordinated conditionals in spoken and non-spoken ItalianEdoardo Lombardi Vallauri | pp. 145–170
Chapter 7. Insubordination in the Tsezic LanguagesBernard Comrie, Diana Forker and Zaira Khalilova | pp. 171–182
Chapter 8. Ordinary insubordination as transient discourseArienne Dwyer | pp. 183–208
Chapter 9. Insubordination and the establishment of genealogical relationship across EurasiaMartine Robbeets | pp. 209–246
Chapter 10. Insubordination in Japanese diachronicallyHeiko Narrog | pp. 247–282
Chapter 11. Insubordination in AleutAnna Berge | pp. 283–309
Chapter 12. Insubordination in Sliammon SalishHonoré Watanabe | pp. 309–340
Chapter 13. Insubordination in interaction: The Cha’palaa counter-assertiveSimeon Floyd | pp. 341–366
Chapter 14. How fascinating! Insubordinate exclamationsMarianne Mithun | pp. 367–392
Chapter 15. Routes to insubordination: A cross-linguistic perspectiveSonia Cristofaro | pp. 393–422
Language Index | pp. 423–424
Author Index | pp. 425–428
Subject Index | pp. 429–436
“Insubordination is insubordinate in several delectable ways, as it inverts the tendency in much of linguistics to subordinate conversational data, contexts of use, and diachrony. The volume explodes with original fieldwork and thorough, extensive corpus-based studies. It draws out theoretical consequences that are bound to challenge and fascinate.”
Adele Goldberg, Princeton University
“This innovative volume, a skilfully curated collection of papers that targets a wide variety of languages, yields the clearest picture to date of insubordination as a critical nexus between conversational practice, inference, affect and grammar architecture. While ellipsis has long been a part of syntactic theory building, insubordination has been marginalized as incompleteness or error—or ignored entirely. What the studies in this volume make clear, however, is that we simply cannot study the emergence of grammar, grammar change or the syntax-semantics interface without recognizing the constellation of usage factors that yield insubordinate structures over real time and over historic time. Transcending the theoretical controversies of the moment, this volume provides a linguistic resource of lasting value, and marks a turning point in our progress toward a human-centered model of grammar.”
Laura Michaelis, University of Colorado at Boulder
“Rich with evidence showing that ‘insubordination’ is much more widespread across languages than had been previously documented, and that it has far-reaching diachronic and interactional implications, this is a fascinating ‘must read’ for linguists of any persuasion interested in how language structure emerges and changes in the context of everyday usage.”
Sandra A. Thompson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Chapter 1. The dynamics of insubordination
Chapter 6. Insubordinated conditionals in spoken and non-spoken Italian
Chapter 12. Insubordination in Sliammon Salish
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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