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Books: Typology/Syntax: Cysouw

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  1. tom.perridge, The Paradigmatic Structure of Person Marking: Cysouw

Message 1: The Paradigmatic Structure of Person Marking: Cysouw

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 11:20:40 +0000
From: tom.perridge <>
Subject: The Paradigmatic Structure of Person Marking: Cysouw

Title: The Paradigmatic Structure of Person Marking
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press,		 
Book URL:
Author: Michael Cysouw, Free University of Berlin 

Hardback: ISBN: 0199254125, Pages: 320, Price: �50.00			


This book explores person markers, the linguistic elements that
provide points of reference to speech-act participants. Michael Cysouw
develops a new framework for the typology of person marking based on a
rejection of the notion of plurality for its analysis.

When a mother says "Mummy is going to say goodnight now", Mummy is the
person marker in a way that in English is confined to motherese but
which is used more commonly in some other languages and may also be
characteristic of much earlier forms.

Dr Cysouw divides the person markers of 400 languages into
paradigms. He considers how the structure of these person paradigms
relates to their function. His investigation provides a clear account
of how person markers work syntactically, pragmatically, and
semantically as well as giving fresh insights into aspects of
linguistic change, language-relatedness, and the interfaces between
discourse, syntax, and semantics. The combination of a typological and
a comparative approach results in the first outline of a cognitive map
of the paradigmatic structure of person marking.

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