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LINGUIST List 16.3489

Thu Dec 08 2005

Books: Discourse Analysis/Socioling: Benson, Greaves(Eds)

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Janet Joyce, Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse: Benson, Greaves (Eds)

Message 1: Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse: Benson, Greaves (Eds)
Date: 08-Dec-2005
From: Janet Joyce <jjoyceequinoxpub.com>
Subject: Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse: Benson, Greaves (Eds)

Title: Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse
Series Title: Functional Linguistics
Published: 2005
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Editor: James D. Benson, York University, Toronto
Editor: William S. Greaves, York University, Toronto
Hardback: ISBN: 1904768059 Pages: 192 Price: U.S. $ 87.50
Hardback: ISBN: 1904768059 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 60.00

Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse asks the question 'what do
interactions between apes and humans mediated by language tell us?'. In
order to answer this question the authors explore language-in-context,
drawing on a multi-leveled, multi-functional linguistics. The levels are
context of culture, context of situation, semantics, lexicogrammar, and
phonology; and the functions are ideational, interpersonal, and textual.

Chapter 1 discusses a negotiation between the bonobo Kanzi and Sue
Savage-Rumbaugh in terms of discourse-semantics, lexicogrammar, and the
ideational and interpersonal metafunctions of language. Chapter 2
reinterprets Sue Savage-Rumbaugh et. al. Language Comprehension in Ape and
Child (1993) in terms of the ideational metafunction, and provides
corroborative evidence for Kanzi's symbolic processing abilities, opening a
window into the consciousness of at least one non-human primate. Chapter 3
compares three snapshots from comprehensive studies based on large amounts
of data (monkey calls, language development in a human child, and a
dialogue between Kanzi's sibling Panbanisha and Sue Savage-Rumbaugh) from
an evolutionary perspective, showing different ways in which the level of
grammar comes to be wedged in between semantics and expression. Chapter 4
articulates a methodology incorporating public domain software for the
comprehensive analysis of ape-human interaction. Although bonobo-human
interaction is used as an example, the methodology could be utilized for
studies of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng )

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