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Wed Apr 5 2000

Books: Functional Linguistics

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Message 1: Functional Linguistics: Klausenburger, Lockwood, Manney

Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2000 20:26:40 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Functional Linguistics: Klausenburger, Lockwood, Manney

John Benjamins Publishing announces these three new books working within 
various Functionalist paradigms:

Grammaticalization.
Studies in Latin and Romance morphosyntax.
Jurgen KLAUSENBURGER (University of Washington)
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 193
US & Canada: 1 55619 971 6 / USD 59.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3700 X / NLG 118.00 (Hardcover)

In this monograph, various aspects of the morphosyntactic evolution of
the Romance languages are shown to interact in a theory of
grammaticalization. The study argues for the incorporation and
subordination of inflectional morphology within a grammaticalization
continuum, constituting but a portion of the latter. Parameters of
natural morphology are seen as principles of grammaticalization, but
the reverse is also true, rendering grammaticalization and natural
morphology indistinguishable.

In the context of this theoretical framework, Chapter 2 deals with
Latin, French, and Italian verbal inflection, focusing on universal
and system-dependent parameters of natural morphology. In Chapter 3, a
theory of grammaticalization is built on divergent elements, including
not only grammaticalization studies proper, but also the
perception/production line of inquiry, and typology and branching
issues, permitting the phasing out of the traditional
synthesis/analyis cycle. Chapter 4 touches on nominal inflection, in
particular that of Old French and Rumanian, the most revealing
histories in the Romance domain. Chapter 5, finally, thoroughly
discusses extant theoretical questions in grammaticalization,
prominently featuring the relevance of 'invisible hand' explanations
and the crucial role played by unidirectionality.

This study will be of interest to specialists in Romance and
historical linguistics, as well as morphological theory.


Functional Approaches to Language, Culture and Cognition.
Papers in honor of Sydney M. Lamb.
David G. LOCKWOOD (Michigan State University), Peter H. FRIES (Central 
Michigan University) and James E. COPELAND (Rice University) (eds.)
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 163
US & Canada: 1 55619 879 5 / USD 135.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3668 2 / NLG 270.00 (Hardcover)

This volume contains functional approaches to the description of
language and culture, and language and cultural change. The approaches
taken by the authors range from cognitive approaches including
Stratificational grammar to more socially oriented ones including
Systemic Functional linguistics. The volume is organized into two
sections.

The first section 'Functional Approaches to the Structure of Language:
Theory and Practice' starts with contributions developing a
Stratificational model; these are followed by contributions focusing
on some related functional model of language; and by articles
describing some particular set of language phenomena.

In the second section 'Functional Approaches to the History of
Language and Linguistics' general studies of language change are
addressed first; a second group of contributions examines language
change, lexicon and culture; and the last cluster of contributions
treats the history of linguistics and culture.

Contributions by: James E. Copeland; David G. Lockwood; Sydney
M. Lamb; Ernst-August M�ller; William M. Christie; Earl M. Herrick;
Tim Pulju; Adam Makkai; William J. Sullivan; Toby D. Griffen; Winfred
P. Lehmann; Chang In Lee; Jonathan J. Webster; Robert E. Longacre;
Yoshihiko Ikegami; Roger W. Wescott; M.A.K. Halliday; Katharina
Barbe; Cynthia Ford Meyer; Peter H. Fries; Heather K. Hardy; Philip
W. Davis; John Regan; Nancy Pine; Joe Stephenson; Dell Hymes; Henry
Rogers; Robert Austerlitz; Joseph H. Greenberg; James E. Copeland;
David C. Bennett; Carleton T. Hodge; William Bright; Connie Eble;
F.W. Householder; Merritt Ruhlen; Edgar C. Polom�; M.B. Emeneau;
Thomas A. Sebeok; Saul Levin; Victor H. Yngve.


Middle Voice in Modern Greek.
Meaning and function of an inflectional category.
Linda Joyce MANNEY (United States International University)
Studies in Language Companion Series 48
US & Canada: 1 55619 934 1 / USD 94.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3051 X / NLG 188.00 (Hardcover)

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the inflectional middle
category in Modern Greek. Against the theoretical backdrop of
cognitive linguistics, it is argued that a wide range of seemingly
disparate middle structures in Modern Greek comprise a complex
semantic network, and that this network is organized around two
prototypical middle event types, which are noninitiative emotional
response and spontaneous change of state. In those cases where middle
structures have active counterparts, middle and active variants of the
same verb stem are compared in order to demonstrate more clearly the
semantic distinctions and pragmatic functions encoded by inflectional
middle voice in Modern Greek. Major semantic groupings of middle
structures treated include emotional response in particular and
psycho-emotive experience in general, spontaneous change of state
and/or the resulting state, agent-induced events in which an agent
subject is (emotionally) involved with or affected by some aspect of
the designated situation, passive-like events in which a patient
subject is affected by a nonfocal agent, implicit or specified, and
reflexive-like events in which a patient subject and an unspecified
agent may overlap to varying degrees.


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