Topics in Kwa Syntax

This book grew out of a concern we have had that very many theoretical and descriptive work on the Kwa languages were not accessible to the general linguistic community.

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Author: Enoch O. Aboh

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9048131898

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 237

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This book grew out of a concern we have had that very many theoretical and descriptive work on the Kwa languages were not accessible to the general linguistic community. As a result, these languages were only referred to in the context of very specific discussions such as serial verb constructions. But as the reader of this book will notice, syntactic topics discussed in the context of Kwa range from bare nouns, relative clauses, negation, discourse markers and the interaction with the clausal periphery, to argument structure. Many issues remain that need to be brought to the fore of the community and we hope that this book will trigger the curiosity of the reader to get to know more about these languages. Much of the work presented here could not have been possible without the help of many colleagues and the contri- tors whom we thank warmly for joining this enterprise. We are also grateful to the editors of the series, Marcel den Dikken, Joan Maling, Liliane Haegeman to have offered us this platform to initiate the debate about Kwa. We will also like to thank Helen van der Stelt and Jolanda Voogd from Springer for their kind collaboration and patience. We are also very grateful to Joscelyn Essegbey and Leston Buell for helping with editing the manuscript. Enoch, O. Aboh James Essegbey v Contents 1 The Phonology Syntax Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Enoch, O. Aboh and James Essegbey 2 The Morphosyntax of the Noun Phrase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Enoch, O.

Topics in Kwa Syntax

This book grew out of a concern we have had that very many theoretical and descriptive work on the Kwa languages were not accessible to the general linguistic community.

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Author: Enoch O. Aboh

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 904813188X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 237

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This book grew out of a concern we have had that very many theoretical and descriptive work on the Kwa languages were not accessible to the general linguistic community. As a result, these languages were only referred to in the context of very specific discussions such as serial verb constructions. But as the reader of this book will notice, syntactic topics discussed in the context of Kwa range from bare nouns, relative clauses, negation, discourse markers and the interaction with the clausal periphery, to argument structure. Many issues remain that need to be brought to the fore of the community and we hope that this book will trigger the curiosity of the reader to get to know more about these languages. Much of the work presented here could not have been possible without the help of many colleagues and the contri- tors whom we thank warmly for joining this enterprise. We are also grateful to the editors of the series, Marcel den Dikken, Joan Maling, Liliane Haegeman to have offered us this platform to initiate the debate about Kwa. We will also like to thank Helen van der Stelt and Jolanda Voogd from Springer for their kind collaboration and patience. We are also very grateful to Joscelyn Essegbey and Leston Buell for helping with editing the manuscript. Enoch, O. Aboh James Essegbey v Contents 1 The Phonology Syntax Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Enoch, O. Aboh and James Essegbey 2 The Morphosyntax of the Noun Phrase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Enoch, O.

The Emergence of Hybrid Grammars

2009c. Delete: A phase-level property. Theoretical Linguistics 35:229–237. 2010a. The morphosyntax of the noun phrase. In Enoch O. Aboh and James Essegbey (eds.), Topics in Kwa syntax. Dordrecht: Springer, 11–37. 2010b. The P-route.

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Author: Enoch Oladé Aboh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521769983

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 366

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This account of language acquisition in a multilingual context explains how hybrid grammars develop and can result in language change.

Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of African Linguistics Buea 17 21 August 2012

Topics in Kwa Syntax. Dordrecht: Springer. E. Pp. 39–64. Aboh, E. O. (2004). The morphosyntax of complement-head sequences: Clause structure and word order patterns in Kwa. New York: Oxford University Press. Ameka, F. K. (1992).

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Author: Atindogbe, Gratien G.

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG

ISBN: 9789956764389

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 480

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This book is a composite of 40 purely scientific and peer-reviewed papers presented during the Seventh World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL7) at the University of Buea, Cameroon, in 2012. The different chapters of the volume fall within the scope of African languages in relation to linguistics and other related disciplines, where a varied range of theoretical examinations, investigations and/or discussions as well as pure description of aspects of language are offered. For the purpose of clarity and easy accessibility of the content, the chapters are further subcategorized into nine sections, which include: Borrowing, Discourse Analysis, Historical Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Language Documentation, Language in Education, Morpho-syntax, Phonetics and Phonology, and Sociolinguistics.

Syntactic architecture and its consequences I

The morphosyntax of complement-head sequences: Clause structure and word order patterns in Kwa. New York: Oxford University Press. Aboh, Enoch O. 2004b. Topic and focus within D. Linguistics in the Netherlands 21. 1–12.

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Author: András Bárány

Publisher: Language Science Press

ISBN: 9783961102754

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 562

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This volume collects novel contributions to comparative generative linguistics that “rethink” existing approaches to an extensive range of phenomena, domains, and architectural questions in linguistic theory. At the heart of the contributions is the tension between descriptive and explanatory adequacy which has long animated generative linguistics and which continues to grow thanks to the increasing amount and diversity of data available to us. The chapters address research questions on the relation of syntax to other aspects of grammar and linguistics more generally, including studies on language acquisition, variation and change, and syntactic interfaces. Many of these contributions show the influence of research by Ian Roberts and collaborators and give the reader a sense of the lively nature of current discussion of topics in synchronic and diachronic comparative syntax ranging from the core verbal domain to higher, propositional domains.

Tutrugbu Nyangbo Language and Culture

Themorphosyntax of complement-headsequences:Clausestruc- tureand word orderpatternsinKwa. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ... Topic and focus within D. Linguistics in the Netherlands 21 (1), 1–12. ... Topics in Kwa Syntax, 39–64.

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Author: James Essegbey

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004396999

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 396

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A comprehensive description of Tutrugbu (Nyangbo), a Ghana-Togo Mountain (GTM) language. It examines phonological, morphosyntactic and pragmatic structures, comparing them to the neighboring Tafi and Avatime, and the dominant regional language, Ewe. It is for African language scholars, documentary linguists, and typologists.

The Syntax of Relative Clauses

In E. O. Aboh & J. Essegbey, eds., Topics in Kwa Syntax. Dordrecht: Springer. 91–107. Sabel, J. 2006. Impossible infinitival interrogatives and relatives. In P. Brandt & E. Fuss, eds., Form, Function, and Grammar: A festschrift ...

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Author: Guglielmo Cinque

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108846059

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Relative clauses play a hugely important role in analysing the structure of sentences. This book provides the first evidence that a unified analysis of the different types of relative clauses is possible - a step forward in our understanding. Using careful analyses of a wide range of languages, Cinque argues that the relative clause types can all be derived from a single, double-headed, structure. He also presents evidence that restrictive, maximalizing, ('integrated') non-restrictive, kind-defining, infinitival and participial RCs merge at different heights of the nominal extended projection. This book provides an elegant generalization about the structure of all relatives. Theoretically profound and empirically rich, it promises to radically alter the way we think about this subject for years to come.

Data Rich Linguistics

Topics in Kwa Syntax. Springer, Berlin. Abraham, R. [1958]. Dictionary of Modern Yorùbá. University of London Press. Adésọlá, 'S. [2010]. The nonagreeing subject resumptive pronoun in Yorùbá. Topics in Kwa Syntax, edited by O Aboh & J.

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Author: Oluseye Adesola

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527518452

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 488

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This collection was compiled by an international group of scholars in recognition of Professor Yiwola Awoyale’s contributions to African language and linguistic studies. Based at University of Pennsylvania, Professor Awoyale is particularly celebrated as a great field linguist, who pays special attention to data and data documentation. This edited volume presents current research on topics concerning the syntax, semantics, phonology, applied- and socio-linguistics of African languages, providing a state-of-the-art account of contemporary issues in African linguistics today.

Diversity in African languages

Noun phrase accessibility and Universal Grammar. Linguistic Inquiry 3. 63–99. ... Topics at InFL (Linguistische Arbeits Berichte 92), 233–249. ... Topics in Kwa syntax (Studies in Natural Languages and Linguistic Theory 78), 91–107.

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Author: Doris L. Payne

Publisher: Language Science Press

ISBN: 9783946234708

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 600

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Diversity in African Languages contains a selection of revised papers from the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, held at the University of Oregon. Most chapters focus on single languages, addressing diverse aspects of their phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, information structure, or historical development. These chapters represent nine different genera: Mande, Gur, Kwa, Edoid, Bantu, Nilotic, Gumuzic, Cushitic, and Omotic. Other chapters investigate a mix of languages and families, moving from typological issues to sociolinguistic and inter-ethnic factors that affect language and accent switching. Some chapters are primarily descriptive, while others push forward the theoretical understanding of tone, semantic problems, discourse related structures, and other linguistic systems. The papers on Bantu languages reflect something of the internal richness and continued fascination of the family for linguists, as well as maturation of research on the family. The distribution of other papers highlights the need for intensified research into all the language families of Africa, including basic documentation, in order to comprehend linguistic diversities and convergences across the continent. In this regard, the chapter on Daats’íin (Gumuzic) stands out as the first-ever published article on this hitherto unknown and endangered language found in the Ethiopian-Sudanese border lands.

The Clause Structure of Wolof

The Morphosyntax ofComplement-Head Sequences. ... In Peripheries: Syntactic Edges and their Effects, David Adger, Cecile de Cat & George Tsoulas (eds), 165–190. ... In Topics in Kwa Syntax,Enoch Aboh & James Essegbey (eds), 109–140.

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Author: Harold Torrence

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027255815

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 289

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This volume investigates the clausal syntax of Wolof, an understudied Atlantic language of Senegal. The goals of the work are descriptive, analytical, and comparative, with a focus on the structure of the left periphery and left peripheral phenomena. The book includes detailed examination of the morpho?syntax of wh?questions, successive cyclicity, subject marking, relative clauses, topic/focus articulation, and complementizer agreement. Novel data from Wolof is used to evaluate and extend theoretical proposals concerning the structure of the Complementizer Phrase (CP) and Tense Phrase (TP). It is argued that Wolof provides evidence for the promotion analysis of relative clauses, an exploded CP and TP, and for analyses that treat relative clauses as composed of a determiner with a CP complement. It is further argued that Wolof has a set of silent wh?expressions and these are compared to superficially similar constructions in colloquial German, Bavarian, Dutch, and Norwegian. The book also presents a comparison of complementizer agreement across a number of related and unrelated languages. Data from Indo?European (Germanic varieties, French, Irish), Niger?Congo (Atlantic, Bantu, Gur), and Semitic (Arabic) languages put the Wolof phenomena in a larger typological context by showing the range of variation in complementizer agreement systems."

Parameters of Predicate Fronting

In Liliane Haegeman (Ed.), Elements of Grammar, 281–337. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer. Saah, Kofi. 2010. Relative Clauses in Akan. In Enoch O. Aboh and James Essegbey (Eds.), Topics in Kwa Syntax (Studies in Natural Language and ...

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Author: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197545584

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Many of the world's languages permit or require clause-initial positioning of the primary predicate, potentially alongside some or all of its dependents. While such predicate fronting (where "fronting" may or may not involve movement) is a widespread phenomenon, it is also subject to intricate and largely unexplained variation. In Parameters of Predicate Fronting, Vera Lee-Schoenfeld and Dennis Ott bring together leaders in the field of comparative syntax to explore the empirical manifestations and theoretical modelling of predicate fronting across languages. There exists by now a rich literature on predicate fronting, but few attempts have been made at synthesizing the resulting empirical observations and theoretical implementations. While individual phenomena have been described in some detail, we are currently far from a complete understanding of the uniformity and variation underlying the wider cross-linguistic picture. This volume takes steps towards this goal by showcasing the state of the art in research on predicate fronting and the parameters governing its realization in a range of diverse languages. Covering topics like prosody, VP-fronting, and predicate doubling across a wide arrange of languages, including English, German, Malagasy, Niuean, Ch'ol, Asante, Twi, Limbum, Krachi, Hebrew, and multiple sign languages, this collection enriches our understanding of the predicate fronting phenomenon.

The Routledge Handbook of African Linguistics

Information packaging constructions in Kwa: Micro-variation and typology. In E. O. Aboh and J. Esegbey (Eds), Topics in Kwa syntax (pp. 141– 176). Dordrecht: Springer. Amfo, N. A. A. (2010). Lexical signaling of information structure.

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Author: Augustine Agwuele

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315392967

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 464

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The Handbook of African Linguistics provides a holistic coverage of the key themes, subfields, approaches and practical application to the vast areas subsumable under African linguistics that will serve researchers working across the wide continuum in the field. Established and emerging scholars of African languages who are active and current in their fields are brought together, each making use of data from a linguistic group in Africa to explicate a chosen theme within their area of expertise, and illustrate the practice of the discipline in the continent.

Verb Doubling and Dummy Verb

Comparative Syntax Workshop, MITWPL 17219–244. Cambridge, MA: MITWPL. → Saah, Kofi. 2010. Relative clauses in Akan. In Enoch O. Aboh & James Essegbey (eds.), Topics in Kwa Syntax Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, ...

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Author: Johannes Hein

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110635430

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 524

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This monograph provides the first cross-linguistic study of repair strategies in verbal fronting, verb doubling and do-support, addressing both typological properties and theoretical aspects. First, it brings together data hitherto scattered across the empirical and theoretical literature and adds newly collected data from two African languages. For each of the 47 languages, the properties of verbal fronting are documented in detail. Based on this sample, the empirical part establishes two novel typological generalizations regarding the interaction between the size of the fronted category and the type of repair strategy used. The first of these identifies a systematic typological gap: No language that allows both verb and verb phrase fronting has do-support with the former and verb doubling with the latter. In the theoretical part, it is shown that previous theories of verb doubling/do-support are unable to account for both generalizations. A new approach within the Copy Theory of the Minimalist Framework is developed, that rests on the interaction of head movement, copy deletion, and the properties of different movement types. The book thus provides the first comprehensive empirical and theoretical overview of repair patterns in verbal fronting.

Reconstruction and Resumption in Indirect A Dependencies

Topics in Kwa Syntax, 65–90. Dordrecht: Springer. Adger, David. 2003. Core syntax. A minimalist approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Adger, David. 2011. Bare resumptives. In Alain Rouveret (ed.), Resumptive Pronouns at the ...

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Author: Martin Salzmann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781614512202

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 510

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This monograph investigates A’-dependencies in Standard German, Alemannic and Dutch where the dislocated constituent is indirectly, i.e. not transformationally, related to the position where it is interpreted. The study focuses on relative clauses and shows that an important part of the relativization system in these languages, long relativization, involves a hitherto ignored construction termed resumptive prolepsis. This construction is characterized by base-generation of the operator in the matrix middle-field and a resumptive pronoun in the position of the variable. It is shown that it involves short A’-movement in the matrix clause, empty operator movement in the complement clause and an ellipsis operation that links the two operators. While the link is directly visible in German and Dutch, Swiss German provides a more abstract version of resumptive prolepsis. Through a detailed examination of reconstruction effects and the properties of resumption in these constructions, the book provides new evidence for the role of ellipsis in A’-movement and for a base-generation analysis of resumption. More generally, it makes an important contribution to the modeling of long-distance dependencies and the study of A'-syntax.

Linguistic Variation Structure and Interpretation

Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Santa Cruz. Rizzi, Luigi. 1982. Issues in Italian Syntax. Dordrecht: Foris. Saah, Kofi K. 2010. Relative Clauses in Akan. In E.O. Aboh and J. Essegbey, eds., Topics in Kwa Syntax. 91–107.

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Author: Ludovico Franco

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781501505201

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 733

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In this volume scholars honor M. Rita Manzini for her contributions to the field of Generative Morphosyntax. The essays in this book celebrate her career by continuing to explore inter-area research in linguistics and by pursuing a broad comparative approach, investigating and comparing different languages and dialects.

The Oxford Handbook of Information Structure

'C-type Negation Markers on the Right Edge', in E. O. Aboh and J. Essegbey (eds), Topics in Kwa Syntax. ... Focus Strategies in African Languages: The Interaction of Focus and Grammar in Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic. Berlin: Mouton.

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Author: Caroline Féry

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191005404

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 800

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This book provides linguists with a clear, critical, and comprehensive overview of theoretical and experimental work on information structure. Leading researchers survey the main theories of information structure in syntax, phonology, and semantics as well as perspectives from psycholinguistics and other relevant fields. Following the editors' introduction the book is divided into four parts. The first, on theories of and theoretical perspectives on information structure, includes chapters on focus, topic, and givenness. Part 2 covers a range of current issues in the field, including quantification, dislocation, and intonation, while Part 3 is concerned with experimental approaches to information structure, including language processing and acquisition. The final part contains a series of linguistic case studies drawn from a wide variety of the world's language families. This volume will be the standard guide to current work in information structure and a major point of departure for future research.

The Noun Phrase in Romance and Germanic

The Morphosyntax ofComplement-Head Sequences: Clause Structure and Word Order Patterns in Kwa. ... In Topics in Kwa Syntax [Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 78], Enoch O. Aboh 81 James Essegbey (eds), 11—37.

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Author: Petra Sleeman

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027287298

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 283

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One of the recurrent questions in historical linguistics is to what extent languages can borrow grammar from other languages. It seems for instance hardly likely that each 'average European' language developed a definite article all by itself, without any influence from neighbouring languages. It is, on the other hand, by no means clear what exactly was borrowed, since the way in which definiteness is expressed differs greatly among the various Germanic and Romance languages and dialects. One of the main aims of this volume is to shed some light on the question of what is similar and what is different in the structure of the noun phrase of the various Romance and Germanic languages and dialects, and what causes this similarity or difference.

The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar

'The role of the syntax-semantics interface in language transfer,' in Claire Lefebvre, Lydia White, and Christine Jourdan (eds.), L2 acquisition and creole genesis: Dialogues, pp. 221–252. ... Topics in Kwa syntax. Dordrecht: Springer.

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Author: Ian Roberts

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191643682

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 720

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This handbook provides a critical guide to the most central proposition in modern linguistics: the notion, generally known as Universal Grammar, that a universal set of structural principles underlies the grammatical diversity of the world's languages. Part I considers the implications of Universal Grammar for philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, and examines the history of the theory. Part II focuses on linguistic theory, looking at topics such as explanatory adequacy and how phonology and semantics fit into Universal Grammar. Parts III and IV look respectively at the insights derived from UG-inspired research on language acquisition, and at comparative syntax and language typology, while part V considers the evidence for Universal Grammar in phenomena such as creoles, language pathology, and sign language. The book will be a vital reference for linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists.

The Linguistics of Olfaction

De l'étude sémantico - syntaxique des marqueurs pré - verbaux à la structure de la phrase en fongbè . ... In Topics in Kwa Syntax [ Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 78 ] , Enoch O. Aboh & James Essegbey ( eds ) ...

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Author: Łukasz Jędrzejowski

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027260178

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 481

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This volume presents novel cross-linguistic insights into how olfactory experiences are expressed in typologically (un-)related languages both from a synchronic and from a diachronic perspective. It contains a general introduction to the topic and fourteen chapters based on philological investigation and thorough fieldwork data from Basque, Beja, Fon, Formosan languages, Hebrew, Indo-European languages, Japanese, Kartvelian languages, Purepecha, and languages of northern Vanuatu. Topics discussed in the individual chapters involve, inter alia, lexical olfactory repertoires and naming strategies, non-literal meanings of olfactory expressions and their semantic change, reduplication, colexification, mimetics, and language contact. The findings provide the reader with a range of fascinating facts about perception description, contribute to a deeper understanding of how olfaction as an understudied sense is encoded linguistically, and offer new theoretical perspectives on how some parts of our cognitive system are verbalized cross-culturally. This volume is highly relevant to lexical typologists, historical linguists, grammarians, and anthropologists.

The Handbook of Chinese Linguistics

REFERENCES. Aboh, E. 2010. The morphosyntax of the noun phrase. In: Topics in Kwa Syntax, E. Aboh and J. Essegbey (eds.) 11–37. Dordrecht: Springer. Ahrens, K. 1994. Classifier production in normals ...

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Author: C. T. James Huang

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119457077

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 680

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The Handbook of Chinese Linguistics is the first comprehensive introduction to Chinese linguistics from the perspective of modern theoretical and formal linguistics. Containing twenty-five chapters, the book offers a balanced, accessible and thoughtfully organized introduction to some of the most important results of research into Chinese linguistics carried out by theoretical linguists during the last thirty years. Presenting critical overviews of a wide range of major topics, it is the first to meet the great demand for an overview volume on core areas of Chinese linguistics. Authoritative contributions describe and assess the major achievements and controversies of research undertaken in each area, and provide bibliographies for further reading. The contributors refer both to their own work in relevant fields, and objectively present a range of competitor theories and analyses, resulting in a volume that is fully comprehensive in its coverage of theoretical research into Chinese linguistics in recent years. This unique Handbook is suitable both as a primary reader for structured, taught courses on Chinese linguistics at university level, and for individual study by graduates and other professional linguists.