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LINGUIST List 22.4168

Mon Oct 24 2011

Books: Ling Theories/Morphology/Semantics/Syntax: Medina (Ed)

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        1.     Janet Joyce , Morphosyntactic Alternations in English: Medina (Ed)


Message 1: Morphosyntactic Alternations in English: Medina (Ed)
Date: 24-Oct-2011
From: Janet Joyce <jjoyceequinoxpub.com>
Subject: Morphosyntactic Alternations in English: Medina (Ed)
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Title: Morphosyntactic Alternations in English
Subtitle: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives
Series Title: Functional Linguistics
Published: 2011
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
                http://www.equinoxpub.com/

Editor: Pilar Guerrero Medina
Hardback: ISBN: 9781845537449 Pages: 382 Price: U.K. £ 55 Comment: US$95
Abstract:

This volume brings together fourteen papers which explore the discourse-
pragmatic, semantic, morphological and syntactic factors involved in English
morphosyntactic alternations. The contributors to this volume deal with
different types of "diathesis alternations" - broadly defined by Levin (English
Verb Classes and Alternations. A Preliminary Investigation, 1993) as
"alternations in the expressions of arguments, sometimes accompanied by
changes of meaning" - i.e. transitivity alternations (such as the
causative/inchoative alternation and the conative alternation), alternations
involving arguments within the VP (such as the Swarm-alternation, and the
dative or benefactive alternations), etc. The volume will also include some
contributions dealing more generally with the issues of morphological
relatedness and verb-specific alternations within functionalist, cognitive
and/or constructionist frameworks.

The book features a wide range of theoretical approaches, ranging from
functionalist models such as Functional Discourse Grammar or the Cardiff
Grammar version of Systemic Functional Linguistics to more cognitively-
oriented approaches such as Goldberg's Construction Grammar or Fillmore's
Frame Semantics. This attempt to describe morphosyntactic alternations
within different contemporary theories - derivational and non-derivational - will
hopefully contribute to a better understanding of the linguistic phenomena
traditionally subsumed under the rubric of morphosyntactic alternation. The
book will be of interest to experienced linguists and researchers of a
functionalist, cognitivist or even functional-typological persuasion.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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