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LINGUIST List 24.4931

Wed Dec 04 2013

Books: Vocatives: Motapanyane-Hill

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Nov-2013
From: Els van Egmond <egmondebrill.com>
Subject: Vocatives: Motapanyane-Hill
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Title: Vocatives
Subtitle: How Syntax meets with Pragmatics
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Theory
Published: 2013
Publisher: Brill
                http://www.brill.com

Book URL: http://www.brill.com/products/book/vocatives-how-syntax-meets-pragmatics

Author: Virginia Motapanyane-Hill
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004260795 Pages: 258 Price: Europe EURO 98
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004260795 Pages: 258 Price: U.S. $ 127
Abstract:

Vocatives proposes a formal syntactic approach to vocatives. The analysis focuses on the internal structure of vocatives phrases and on the mechanism through which a vocative phrase connects with the clause. Vocatives are nouns that encode conversational pragmatic features at their left periphery. Any vocative phrase with this structure becomes the indirect object of a Speech Act head mapped at the left periphery of clauses. This analysis has implications for the debate on whether pragmatic features are mapped into syntax, and, subsequently, on how a grammar of direct address may look like. Since particles of direct address, imperatives and exclamations fall under the same umbrella of speech acts, they all need re-assessment from the same perspective.

"This book is a tour de force: Virginia Hill brings the vocative, a category which had so far remained marginal and ill understood, into main stream syntactic research by tying it in with recent progress in the study of the syntactization of pragmatic functions. What used to be a fringe phenomenon will now be part of the core theory."
Liliane Haegeman, Ghent University

"Virginia Hill has redrawn the syntax-pragmatics interface by nudging syntax into domains that are traditionally considered to be purely pragmatic in nature. She has done this with sophisticated analysis and a breathtaking array of cross-linguistic data."
Shigery Miyagawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

'Vocatives are a fundamental, yet strangely neglected, aspect of the grammar of many languages. General readers intrigued, and perhaps puzzled, by the nature of vocatives and how they are expressed cross-linguistically, will find this a very helpful and enlightening book."
Martin Maiden, University of Oxford

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Pragmatics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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