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Mon Oct 25 2004

Books: Cog Sci/Pragmatics, English/Chinese: Wu

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese: Wu

Message 1: Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese: Wu

Date: 25-Oct-2004
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese: Wu

Title: Spatial Demonstratives in English and Chinese 
 Subtitle: Text and Cognition 
 Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 126  
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: John Benjamins
 Book URL: ;
 Author: Yi'an Wu, Beijing Foreign Studies University
 Hardback: ISBN: 1588115453 Pages: xviii, 236 pp. Price: U.S. $ 119.00
 Hardback: ISBN: 9027253692 Pages: xviii, 236 pp. Price: Europe EURO 99.00
 As a subject of universal appeal, spatial demonstratives have been studied
 extensively from a variety of disciplines. What marks the present study as
 distinct is that it is an English-Chinese comparative study set in a
 cognitive-linguistic framework and that the methodology features a parallel
 corpora-based, discourse analysis approach. The framework illuminates the
 nature of the demonstratives' basic and extended meaning and use, the
 connections between them, and the mechanisms that govern and constrain
 their trends of extension. The corpora place the English and Chinese
 demonstratives in comparable discourse contexts and processes, providing an
 "ecological" environment for the observation of how their behavior fits
 into the respective structural and discourse systems of the two languages.
 The study also illuminates important issues such as the subjectivity of
 language, language as a representational system and a vehicle of
 communication, the interface between form and function, and the role of
 context in discourse comprehension. 
 Table of contents
 Preface  ix
 Introduction  xi  
 Acknowledgements  xiii  
 List of tables  xv  
 The figure  xvi  
 Conventions and abbreviations  xvii  
 1. Introduction  1  
 2. The nature of the spatial demonstratives  27  
 3. Spatial demonstratives in real space  59  
 4. Spatial demonstratives in displaced contexts: Similar trends of
 extension  77  
 5. Spatial demonstratives in displaced contexts: Strutural constraints on
 the similar trends of extension  141  
 Concluding remarks  201  
 Notes  205  
 References  211  
 Appendix  225  
 Index  229 
 Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                      Discourse Analysis
                      Text/Corpus Linguistics
 Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (Language Code: CHN)
                      English (Language Code: ENG)
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
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