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LINGUIST List 20.1633

Tue Apr 28 2009

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Dancygier, Sweetser

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Mental Spaces in Grammar: Dancygier, Sweetser

Message 1: Mental Spaces in Grammar: Dancygier, Sweetser
Date: 27-Apr-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Mental Spaces in Grammar: Dancygier, Sweetser
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Title: Mental Spaces in Grammar
Subtitle: Conditional Constructions
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 108
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Barbara Dancygier
Author: Eve Sweetser
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521103244 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 21.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521103244 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and
philosophers. In this pioneering new study, Barbara Dancygier and Eve
Sweetser offer a new descriptive framework for the study of conditionality,
broadening the range of richly described conditional constructions. They
explore theoretical issues such as the mental-space-building processes
underlying conditional thinking and the form-meaning relationship involved
in expressing conditionality. Using a broad range of attested English
conditional constructions, the book examines inter-constructional
relationships. Within the framework of Mental Spaces Theory, shared
parameters of meaning are shown to be relevant to conditional constructions
generally, as well as related temporal and causal constructions. This
significant contribution to the field will be welcomed by a wide range of
researchers in theoretical and cognitive linguistics.

1. Conditional constructions, mental spaces and semantic compositionality;
2. Prediction, alternativity and epistemic stance;
3. Tense, epistemic distance and embedded spaces;
4. Future and present forms in conditional constructions;
5. Non-alternatives and alternatives: mental spaces in different domains;
6. Then and even if: mental-space deixis and referential uniqueness;
7. Clause order and space building: if, because, unless and except if;
8. Uniqueness and negative stance: only if and if only;
9. Coordinate constructions and conditional meaning;
10. The door-scraper in the Wild Wood: conditional constructions and
frame-based space building;

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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