Date: 08-Dec-2009 From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com> Subject: Form and Function in Language Research: Helmbrecht, Nishina, Shin, Skopeteas, Verhoeven (Eds) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Form and Function in Language Research
Subtitle: Papers in Honour of Christian Lehmann
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 210
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Editor: Johannes Helmbrecht
Editor: Yoko Nishina
Editor: Yong-Min Shin
Editor: Stavros Skopeteas
Editor: Elisabeth Verhoeven
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216134 Pages: 350 Price: Europe EURO 100.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110216127 Pages: 350 Price: Europe EURO 89.95
Language description enriches linguistic theory and linguistic theory sharpens language description. Based on evidence from the world's languages, functional-typological linguistics has established a number of thorough generalizations about the nature of linguistic categorizations and their manifestation in natural languages. Empirical studies in these fields of linguistics have contributed to sharpen linguistic theory in several respects.
This volume is a collection of 19 contributions from outstanding scholars in the field of functional-typological linguistics that address fundamental issues in the study of language, such as the nature of linguistic categories, the constitution of functional domains, and the form of cross-linguistic continua. Empirical data from individual languages and from typological samples are investigated in order to achieve generalizations about the properties of human grammar(s). Several grammatical phenomena are dealt with including tonal systems, person distinctions, modalities, reciprocity, complex predicates, grammatical relations, word order, clause linkage, and information structure.
The structure of the book illustrates the fundamental importance of the analytical distinction between the onomasiological and the semasiological approach to language and language diversity. Both perspectives are integrated in most papers with a dominant focus on either the former or the latter perspective.