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LINGUIST List 19.2916

Thu Sep 25 2008

Books: Typology/Semantics: Mauri

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Coordination Relations in the Languages of Europe and Beyond: Mauri


Message 1: Coordination Relations in the Languages of Europe and Beyond: Mauri
Date: 24-Sep-2008
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Coordination Relations in the Languages of Europe and Beyond: Mauri
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Title: Coordination Relations in the Languages of Europe and Beyond
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 42
Published: 2008
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110204391-1

Author: Caterina Mauri
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110204391 Pages: 354 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110204391 Pages: 354 Price: U.S. $ 157.00 Comment: For orders placed in North America only.
Abstract:

This book examines the coding of the three coordination relations of
combination, contrast and alternative between states of affairs on the
basis of a 74 language sample, with special focus on the languages spoken
in Europe. It constitutes the first systematic inquiry so far conducted on
the cross-linguistic coding of coordination, as defined in cognitive and
pragmatic terms. This research shows that the 'and-but-or' coding system
which is typical of Central-Western Europe appears to be extremely rare
outside Europe, where a great variation in the coding of coordination is
attested. This cross-linguistic variation, however, is not random, but is
crucially constrained by the interaction of economic principles with the
semantic properties of the individual relations expressed. A fine-grained
functional systematization of coordination is proposed and described by
means of implicational patterns and semantic maps. This work brings
together a broad cross-linguistic perspective and a detailed semantic
analysis, largely based on new and comparable data collected by means of
questionnaires, all accessible in the appendix of the book. It represents
the first systematic attempt towards a unified typology of coordination
relations.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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