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LINGUIST List 19.3517

Tue Nov 18 2008

Books: Syntax/Pragmatics: Güldemann

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Quotative Indexes in African Languages: Güldemann


Message 1: Quotative Indexes in African Languages: Güldemann
Date: 17-Nov-2008
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Quotative Indexes in African Languages: Güldemann
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Title: Quotative Indexes in African Languages
Subtitle: A Synchronic and Diachronic Survey
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 34
Published: 2008
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110185904-1

Author: Tom Güldemann
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110185904 Pages: 686 Price: U.S. $ 211.00 Comment: RRP. For orders placed in North America only. eBook currently only available for Libraries/Institutions.
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110185904 Pages: 686 Price: Europe EURO 132.00 Comment: RRP. eBook currently only available for Libraries/Institutions.
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110185904 Pages: 686 Price: Europe EURO 118.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110185904 Pages: 686 Price: U.S. $ 189.00 Comment: For orders placed in North America only.
Abstract:

The book represents the results of a synchronic and diachronic
cross-African survey of quotative indexes. These are linguistic expressions
that signal in the ongoing discourse the presence of a quote (often called
"direct reported speech"). For this purpose, 39 African languages were
selected to represent the genealogical and geographical diversity of the
continent. The study is based primarily on this language sample, in
particular on the analysis of quotative indexes and related expressions
from a text corpus of each sample language, but also includes a wide range
of data from the published literature on other African as well as non-
African languages. It is the first typological investigation of direct
reported discourse of this magnitude in a large group of languages. The
book may thus serve as a starting point of similar studies in other
geographical areas or even with a global scope, as well as stimulate more
detailed investigations of particular languages. The results of the African
survey challenge several prevailing cross-linguistic generalizations
regarding quotative indexes and reported discourse constructions as a
whole, of which two are of particular interest. In the syntactic domain,
where reported discourse has mostly been dealt with under so- called
sentential complementation, the study supports the minority view that
direct reported discourse and also a large portion of indirect reported
discourse show hardly any evidence for the claim that the reported clause
is a syntactic object complement of some matrix verb. With respect to
grammaticalization, the work concludes that speech verbs are, against
common belief, not a frequent source of quotatives, complementizers, and
other related markers. Far more frequent sources are markers of similarity
and manner; generic verbs of equation, inchoativity, and action; and
pronominals referring to the quote or the speaker. Another more general
conclusion of the study is that especially direct reported discourse can be
fruitfully analyzed as part of a larger linguistic domain called "mimesis".
This comprises expressions which represent a state of affairs by means of
enactment / performance rather than with the help of "canonical" linguistic
signs and includes, besides reported discourse, world-referring bodily
gestures, ideophone-like signs, and non-linguistic sound.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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