LINGUIST List 11.1535

Wed Jul 12 2000

Books: Theoretical Linguistics, Sign Languages

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Theoretical Linguistics: C. Lehmann, Y. M. Shin & E. Verhoeven
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Sign Languages: Ulrike Zeshan

Message 1: Theoretical Linguistics: C. Lehmann, Y. M. Shin & E. Verhoeven

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 23:30:43 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Theoretical Linguistics: C. Lehmann, Y. M. Shin & E. Verhoeven

Person prominence and relation prominence

On the typology of syntactic relations with special reference to Yucatec Maya

Christian Lehmann, Yong-Min Shin, Elisabeth Verhoeven


Two types of syntactic structures are postulated, one of person
prominence, which is present in Standard Average European (SAE)
languages, following Benjamin L. Whorf's term, and one of relation
prominence, which is present in Yucatec Maya. The diverse structural
manifestations of the two types and their implications for the
organization of grammar are explored within eight mostly unrelated
languages, English, German, Korean, Lezgian, Maori, Samoan, Tamil, and
Yucatec Maya. The syntactic organization in different grammatical
areas, namely modal and phase operator constructions, possessive
constructions, experiential constructions, and benefactive
constructions, is investigated and the languages are arranged on a
continuum of person and relation prominence.

The study is intended for typologists, descriptive linguists and
mayanists, but may as well be of interest to philologists of any of the
other languages.

Christian Lehmann is professor for general and comparative linguistics
at the University of Erfurt. He mainly attends to the study of language
typology and the description of Yucatec Maya. Yong-Min Shin is writing
his dissertation thesis on 'Possessive and participant relations in
German and Korean' at the University of Bielefeld. Elisabeth Verhoeven
is writing her thesis on 'Experiencer constructions in Yucatec Maya' at
the same University.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction	

2. Theoretical background
2.1. The cognitive structure of a situation
2.1.1. Situation, situation core, and participants
2.1.2. Participant features
2.1.3. Participant roles	
2.2. Syntactic functions
2.3. Correlation between syntactic functions and participant roles	

3. Prominence in typology
3.1. Subject prominence vs. topic prominence
3.2. Reference domination vs. role domination
3.3. Person prominence vs. relation prominence

4. Languages investigated
4.1. Yucatec Maya	
4.2. Samoan	
4.3. Maori	
4.4. Tamil	
4.5. Lezgian	
4.6. Korean	

5. Prominence in syntactic constructions
5.1. Introduction	
5.2. Higher predicates	
5.2.1. Modal predicates
5.2.2. Phase predicates
5.2.3. Tense, aspect, and aktionsart auxiliaries
5.3. Possessive constructions	
5.3.1. Part-whole relations
5.3.2. Ascription of possession	
5.3.3. Predication of belonging	
5.3.4. Ascription of property to body part
5.3.5. Affection of possessor	
5.4. Mental, sensual, and emotional states and processes	
5.4.1. Preliminaries	
5.4.2. Sensual states and processes	
5.4.3. Emotional states and processes	
5.4.4. Mental states and processes	
5.4.5. Conclusion	
5.5. Benefactive

6. Relation prominence in YM: a historical-comparative perspective
6.1. Colonial Yucatec Maya
6.1.1. Preliminaries	
6.1.2. Modal predicates
6.1.3. Phase predicates
6.1.4. Aspect auxiliaries
6.1.5. Conclusion	
6.2. Cognate languages
6.2.1. Preliminaries
6.2.2. Higher predicates
6.2.3. Possessive constructions	
6.2.4. Mental, sensual and emotional states and processes	
6.2.5. Benefactive	
6.2.6. Conclusion	

7. Typology	
7.1. Empirical generalizations	
7.1.1. The domain of possession	
7.1.2. Higher predicates
7.1.3. Participant roles
7.2. Grammatical correlations	
7.3. Conclusion	

Indices	
Abbreviations	
Morpheme glosses & syntactic categories
Languages	
Sources of data
Bibliographical references

ISBN 3 89586 608 3.
LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 17.
Ca. 180pp. EUR 34.77 / USD 44 / DM 68 / � 25.
 

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LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3, D-81543 Muenchen, Germany; 
FAX +49 89 62269404; 
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Message 2: Sign Languages: Ulrike Zeshan

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 23:43:01 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Sign Languages: Ulrike Zeshan

Sign Languages of the Indian Subcontinent

ULRIKE ZESHAN, Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
This is the first extensive documentation of a non-Western sign language
on all relevant levels of linguistic description. The topics covered
range from morphology and syntax (word classes, grammatical relations,
sentence types, etc.) to sign language specific issues such as the use
of space and facial expressions in the grammar. Sociolinguistic data, a
lexical comparison of regional varieties, the analysis of discourse
features and many graphics and examples round off the volume. 

The author is a linguist specializing in sign language research and
language typology and a researcher at the Research Centre for
Linguistic Typology in Australia. (written in German).

 ISBN 3 89586 962 7.
Linguistic Research Forum 04. 
200 pp. EUR 47.04 / USD 51 / DM 92 / � 30.


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