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  1. LE, The Semantics & Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative Verbs...Czech

Message 1: The Semantics & Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative Verbs...Czech

Date: 17 Sep 2002 14:01 GMT
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Subject: The Semantics & Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative Verbs...Czech

The Semantics and Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative Verbs in
Contemporary Czech

David S. Danaher
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Studies of grammaticalized iterative forms in the Slavic languages are
scarce, and those that do exist are mostly focused on questions of
derivation or historical development and rarely explore the meaning
and function of the verb forms in any depth. The present study
examines Czech, the Slavic language in which habitual-iterative verbs
are most frequently used and most integrated into the overall system
of tense, aspect, and modality.

Grounded in a corpus of examples taken from contemporary literary
Czech and making use of recent work in both semiotic (Peircean) and
cognitive approaches to language, it demonstrates why feature-based
accounts of the meaning of the iterative form prove inadequate and how
a broader perspective on the question, which takes a semiotic and
cognitive definition of habit as its starting point, contributes to a
clearer understanding of iteration as it is encoded in language.

The study "re-cognizes" the semantics of the habitual-iterative gram
in Czech by showing how the various meanings and functions of the verb
are coherently related to each other given what is involved in the
conceptualization of a habit. In this regard, the linguistic
expression of habituality is productively viewed as a token of a
larger type of cognitive evaluation that can be termed habitual.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 
An Overview of the Corpus

Chapter 2
The Scholarly Context:
Kopecn, Airokova, Kucera, and Filip

Chapter 3
A Semiotic and Cognitive Approach to the Linguistic Expression of

Chapter 4
Habitual Verbs and Conceptual Distancing

Chapter 5
The Discourse Function of Habitual Verbs

Chapter 6
A Typology of Iteration


ISBN 3 89586 453 6.
LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 22.
120pp. USD 54 / EUR 54 / GBP 35.

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