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LINGUIST List 19.75

Wed Jan 09 2008

Books: Lang Documentation: Coupe - Pragmatics: Cornillie

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao: Coupe
        2.    Julia Ulrich, Evidentiality and Epistemic Modality in Spanish (Semi-)Auxiliaries: Cornillie

Message 1: A Grammar of Mongsen Ao: Coupe
Date: 18-Dec-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: A Grammar of Mongsen Ao: Coupe
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Title: A Grammar of Mongsen Ao
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110190885-1

Author: A.R. Coupe
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110190885 Pages: 526 Price: Europe EURO 138.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110190885 Pages: 526 Price: U.S. $ 186.30 Comment: for orders placed in North America

A Grammar of Mongsen Ao, the result of the author's fieldwork over a
ten-year period, presents the first comprehensive grammatical description
of a language spoken in Nagaland, north-east India. The languages of this
region remain under-documented for a number of historical reasons. During
the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the widespread cultural
practice of head-hunting discouraged outsiders from entering the Naga
Hills. Shortly after Indian independence in 1947, an armed rebellion by
Naga separatists and a government policy of restricting access to the
troubled area ensured that Nagaland remained a difficult place to conduct
research. In this context, A Grammar of Mongsen Ao offers valuable new
insights into the structure of a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a
linguistically little-known region of the world.

The grammatical analysis documents all the functional domains of the
language and includes four glossed and translated texts, the latter being
of interest to anthropologists studying folklore. Mongsen Ao is a highly
agglutinating, mostly suffixing language with predominantly
dependent-marking characteristics. Its grammar demonstrates a number of
typologically interesting features that are described in detail in the
book. Among these is an unusual case marking system in which grammatical
marking is motivated by semantic and pragmatic factors, and a rich verbal
morphology that produces elaborate sequences of agglutinative suffixes.
Grammaticalisation processes are also discussed where relevant, thereby
extending the appeal of the book to linguists with interests in
grammaticalisation theory.

This book will be of value to any linguist seeking to clarify genetic
relationships within the Tibeto-Burman family, and it will serve more
broadly as a reference grammar for typologists interested in the
typological features of a Tibeto-Burman language of north-east India.

Northeast Indian languages; Tibeto-Burman languages;language typology; grammars

Research Libraries, Researchers and Advanced Students of Linguistics
(Language Typology) and of Indian Languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Naga, Ao (njo)

Written In: English (eng )

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Message 2: Evidentiality and Epistemic Modality in Spanish (Semi-)Auxiliaries: Cornillie
Date: 18-Dec-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Evidentiality and Epistemic Modality in Spanish (Semi-)Auxiliaries: Cornillie
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Title: Evidentiality and Epistemic Modality in Spanish
Subtitle: A Cognitive-Functional Approach
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110186116-1

Author: Bert Cornillie
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110186116 Pages: 314 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110186116 Pages: 314 Price: U.S. $ 137.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America

This volume presents a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the Spanish
evidential semi-auxiliaries parecer and resultar, the modal constructions
with amenazar and prometer, and the modal auxiliaries poder, deber and
tener que. These verbs have never been considered together in a global
approach that transcends the classical "verbal periphrases" model.

The book proposes a cognitive-functional account of evidentiality and
modality in Spanish with special attention to subjectivity and grounding.
The theoretical reflection relies on empirical evidence of two sorts:
synchronic and diachronic corpus-analyses alternate with tests that measure
the semantic and pragmatic compatibility of the evidential and epistemic
constructions with specific sentences. Following the assumption that
linguistic forms are determined by their meaning, the array of
constructions that characterizes the different verbs justifies their
grouping in three pairs of (semi-)auxiliaries: parecer vs resultar,
amenazar vs prometer and poder vs deber/tener que. The distributional
differences observed in the corpus are further shown to correlate with
different degrees of grammaticalization.

Primarily intended for scholars working in the field of Spanish functional
linguistics, the monograph is also relevant for grammaticalization studies
and for cognitive-semantic research at large. Given its combined
theoretical and applied character, the volume is also of interest to anyone
concerned with syntactic processes, lexical semantics or the wider area of
discourse analysis and pragmatics.

Cognitive Linguistics; Spanish /language

Reserach Libraries, Teachers and Advanced Students of Functional
Linguistics, Grammaticalization Studies, Cognitive-Semantics, Spanish
Grammar, and Comparative Grammar

Prices are subject to change. Prices do not include postage and handling.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng )

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