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The emergence of functions in language

Author: Zygmunt Frajzyngier; Marielle Butters
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2020
Series: Oxford linguistics
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This volume explores the question of why languages - even those spoken in the same geographical area by people who share similar social structures, occupations, and religious beliefs - differ in the meanings expressed by their grammatical systems. Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Marielle Butters outline a new methodology to explore these differences, and to discover the motivations behind the emergence of meanings. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zygmunt Frajzyngier; Marielle Butters
ISBN: 9780198844297 0198844298
OCLC Number: 1248690663
Description: xiv, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1: Introduction2: Methodology3: Forced interpretation: The emergence of the comment clause4: Systemic ambiguity as a motivation in the emergence of logophoricity5: The emergence of benefactive function in English6: The emergence of point-of-view of the subject7: The emergence of goal orientation8: The principle of functional transparency as a motivation for the emergence of functions9: Inherent properties of verbs and nouns and the emergence of the locative function10: The emergence of functions through metonymy and language contact: Relationships between propositions11: The emergence of complex action as an outcome of the availability of coding means12: The emergence of gender and number coding in content questions13: The emergence of grammatical relations14: The emergence of a functional domain through language contact15: Conclusions and implications
Series Title: Oxford linguistics
Responsibility: Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Marielle Butters.

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This volume explores the question of why languages differ in the meanings expressed by their grammatical systems. It offers a new methodology to explore the differences and the motivations behind the  Read more...

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