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LINGUIST List 17.876

Wed Mar 22 2006

Books: Ling Theories/Syntax: Beedham

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Language and Meaning: Beedham


Message 1: Language and Meaning: Beedham
Date: 20-Mar-2006
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Language and Meaning: Beedham


Title: Language and Meaning
Subtitle: The structural creation of reality
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 55
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SFSL%2055

Author: Christopher Beedham, University of St. Andrews
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215642 Pages: 225 Price: Europe EURO 115.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215642 Pages: 225 Price: U.S. $ 138.00
Abstract:

This book illustrates the structuralist idea that language creates the
reality we perceive. The data presented in this volume focus on the
problematic issues of the passive construction and irregular (strong)
verbs, with examples taken primarily from English with separate subsections
on German and Russian. The author presents a new and different analysis of
these complex topics which proceeds from the levels of form to meaning
rather than the traditional and generative methodologies that follow the
opposite path from meaning to form. This book will be of interest to all
linguists who have ever confronted the controversial question of the
interaction between lexical exceptions and grammatical rules. The scope of
this volume is rather broad and it compares and contrasts text grammar
versus sentence grammar in an innovative way.


Table of contents

List of Figures ix

List of Tables xi

Preface xiii-xiv

Introduction 1

1. Saussurean structuralism 3-17

2. Aspect 19-31

3. The passive 33-60

4. Generative grammar 61-105

5. Tense and irregular verbs 107-133

6. Text grammar: Parole versus Langue 135-152

7. The method of lexical exceptions 153-164

Conclusion 165-169

Notes 171-185

References 187-200

Appendices 201-206

Glossary of aspect terms 207-212

Name index 213-215

Subject index 217-225


"I admire the way the author has taken the basic research he has done over
many years (notably irregular verbs and the passive) and used it as a point
of departure for a vigorous, outspoken and thought-provoking presentation
of a radical alternative to fashionable orthodoxies."
The Lord Quirk FBA

"The chapter on strong verbs is a real detective story, nicely written, and
full of intriguing suggestions, especially on the relationship with sound
symbolism."
Prof. David Crystal

"Besonders gelungen scheint mir die Verbindung von allgemeinen
sprachtheoretischen Fragestellungen mit eigenen konkreten empirischen
Untersuchungsergebnissen zu einzelnen Bereichen der englischen (z.T. auch
der deutschen und der russischen) Grammatik - in Gestalt einer
weiterführenden und wegweisenden "Zusammenschau". Auf diese Weise werden
die bisherigen Forschungen des Verfassers (vor allem zu Passiv und Aspekt
und zu den starken Verben) in einen umfassenderen Rahmen gestellt und
sprachtheoretisch begründet.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Helbig, Universität Leipzig

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German, Standard (deu)
                            Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng )

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