Title: Grammars of Space
Subtitle: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity
Series Title: Language Culture and Cognition 6
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Editor: Stephen C. Levinson
Editor: David P. Wilkins
Hardback: ISBN: 0521855837 Pages: 640 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0521855837 Pages: 640 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521671787 Pages: 640 Price: U.S. $ 55.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521671787 Pages: 640 Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Spatial language - that is, the way languages structure the spatial domain - is an important area of current research, offering new insights into one of the most central areas of human cognition. In this pioneering collection, a team of leading scholars review the spatial domain across a wide variety of languages. Contrary to existing assumptions, they show that there is great variation in the way space is conceptually structured across languages, thus substantiating the controversial question of how far the foundations of human cognition are innate. Grammars of Space is a supplement to the psychological information provided in its companion volume, Space in Language and Cognition. It represents a new kind of work in linguistics, 'Semantic Typology', which asks what are the semantic parameters used to structure particular semantic fields. Comprehensive and informative, it will be essential reading for those working on comparative linguistics, spatial cognition, and the interface between them.
1. Introduction: the background to the study of the language of space Stephen C. Levinson; 2. Towards an arrernte grammar of space David Wilkins; 3. Sketch of Jaminjung grammar of space Eva Schultze-Berndt; 4. Prolegomenon to a Warrwa grammar of space Bill McGregor; 5. The language of space in Yélî Dnye Stephen Levinson; 6. Prolegomena to a Kilivila grammar of space Gunter Senft; 7. A sketch of the grammar of space in Tzeltal Penelope Brown; 8. The expression of spatial reference in Yukatek Maya: a survey Jürgen Bohnemeyer and Christel Stolz; 9. Approaching space in Tiriyó grammar Sergio Meira; 10. Elements of the grammar of space in Ewe Felix Ameka and James Essegbey; 11. Spatial language in Tamil Eric Pederson; 12. A grammar of space in Japanese Sotaro Kita; 13. Some properties of spatial description in Dutch Miriam van Staden, Mariet Verhelst and Melissa Bowerman; 14. Patterns in the data: towards a semantic typology of spatial description Stephen Levinson and David Wilkins.