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LINGUIST List 18.3151

Fri Oct 26 2007

Books: Morphology/Semantics/Historical Linguistics: Dreer

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Expressing the Same by the Different: Dreer


Message 1: Expressing the Same by the Different: Dreer
Date: 25-Oct-2007
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Expressing the Same by the Different: Dreer
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Title: Expressing the Same by the Different
Subtitle: The subjunctive vs the indicative in French
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 59
Published: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SFSL%2059

Author: Igor Dreer
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215685 9789027215680 Pages: 305 Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215685 9789027215680 Pages: 305 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This volume offers an alternative, sign-oriented analysis of the
distribution of the French Indicative and Subjunctive. It rejects both
government and functions, attributed to both moods, and shows that the
distribution of the Indicative and the Subjunctive is motivated by their
invariant meanings. The volume illustrates the close interaction between
the Indicative and the Subjunctive, as linguistic signs, and signs of other
grammatical systems, contextually associated with the invariant meanings of
both moods. Special consideration is given to the use of the Indicative and
the Subjunctive in texts of different styles and genres.This volume also
deals with the diachronic disfavoring of the Subjunctive and especially of
the Imperfect Subjunctive that occurred from Old French to Contemporary
French. It is argued that this disfavoring was motivated by the narrowing
of the invariant meaning of the Contemporary French Subjunctive. All
hypotheses are supported by contextualized examples and frequency counts.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Morphology
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

Written In: English (eng )

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