LINGUIST List 13.557

Thu Feb 28 2002

Books: Morphology

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, New book: Grammar of Scenes and Scenarios

Message 1: New book: Grammar of Scenes and Scenarios

Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 14:06:12 +0100
Subject: New book: Grammar of Scenes and Scenarios

Person, Klasse, Kongruenz

Fragmente einer Kategorialtypologie
des einfachen Satzes in den
ostkaukasischen Sprachen

Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universit�t M�nchen

This series is devoted to the study of the basic morphosyntactic and
morphosemantic features used in the about thirty East Caucasian
languages to construe "simple sentences". The approach proposed here
is derived from the theories of Cognitive and Functional Grammar and
substantiated in terms of a "Grammar of Scenes and Scenarios"
(GSS). This approach derives grammatical categories that are
obligatory to produces an utterance both from their cognitive,
functional, and communicative background as well as from the evidence
given by language typology.

The PKK series tries to analyze the grammar of all East Caucasian
languages with respect to the prerogatives of GSS. The aim is to give
an overall view of the operating systems dominating these languages as
well as their assumed proto-language ("Proto-East
Caucasian"). Consequently, the following aspects are treated volume by
volume: Vol. 1.: Foundations of GSS and the East Caucasian
(linguistic) area, vol. 2: The Person, vol. 3: Noun Classification,
vol. 4: Case systems, vol. 5: Scenes and scenarios, vol. 6: Space and
time, vol. 7: Modalization. In a more traditional mood, these volumes
can be regarded as a contribution to a comparative syntax of East

Vol. 1: Die Grundlagen. Teil 1&2

This first volume of the PKK series presents the theoretical
prerogatives for a "Grammar of Scenes and Scenarios" (GSS) together
with informations about the East Caucasian languages to which GSS is
applied. GSS is a tool to describe and interpret "simple sentences"
presupposing theories of holistic cognitivism, pragmatism, and
connectionism. After some reflections about the state of the arts of
cognitive and functional linguistics the basic concepts of a
Categorial Typology as well as their reflexes in a GSS are
subsequently introduced: Reviewing the problem of the cognitive
reality of grammatical categories and paradigms themselves leads to
some central claims concerning their relationship to linguistic and
world knowledge and their use to produces utterances. In a second
step the linguistic area dealt with is introduced: The notion of Areal
Typology is discussed (introducing the notion of Cognitive and
Communicative Areas which are - at least partly - present in language
systems as well as in the lexicon). The area in question (Daghestan,
Chechnia etc.) then is documented language by language together with
some claims concerning their genetic relationship and informations
about their general typological properties with respect to
morphosyntax and morphosemantics. The third part of this volume
concentrates on the concept of GSS itself . Among others, the
following features are discussed: cognitive and communicative
routines, operating systems, causality, ergative-accusative-continuum,
semantic and functional hierarchies, grounding strategies, discourse
cohesion devices etc.). The primarily deductive approach is
substantiated and evaluated by evidences from formal and functional
typology and diachrony. [written in German]

ISBN 3 89586 184 7 (Teil 1). Ca. 360 pp. USD 96.25 / EUR 68 / � 58.20. 

ISBN 3 89586 552 4 (Teil 2). Ca. 280 pp. USD 60 / EUR 46.70 / � 32. (2nd

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