LINGUIST List 8.1357

Thu Sep 25 1997

Books: Functional Linguistics

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  1. Tony Schiavo, New Books: Functional Linguistics

Message 1: New Books: Functional Linguistics

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 15:28:39 -0400
From: Tony Schiavo <>
Subject: New Books: Functional Linguistics

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following new titles in the field of Functional Linguistics:

Joan Bybee, John Haiman & Sandra A. Thompson (eds.)
1997 vi, 480 pp.
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 522 2 Price: US$99.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 2168 5 Price: Hfl. 195,--
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In their subject matter and in their theoretical orientation all the
papers in this volume reflect the powerful influence of T. Givon. Most
of them deal with questions of morphosyntactic typology, pragmatics,
and grammaticalization theory. Many of them are directly based on
extensive fieldwork on local languages of the Americas, Africa, Asia,
and the Pacific. Others are based on statistical analyses of extensive
written and spoken corpora of texts.

T. Givon (ed.)
1997 viii, 302 pp. Typological Studies in Language, 34
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 643 1 Price: $89.00
 Paper: 1 55619 644 X Price: $29.95
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 2929 5 Price: Hfl. 150,--
 Paper: 90 272 2930 9 Price: Hfl. 60,--
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The papers in this volume were originally presented at the Symposium
on Conversation, held at the University of New Mexico in July
1995. The symposium brought together scholars who work on face-to-face
communication from a variety of perspectives: social, cultural,
cognitive and communicative. The aim for both the symposium and this
volume has been to challenge some of the prevailing dichotomies in
discourse studies: First, the cleavage between the study of
information flow and the study of social interaction. Second, the
theoretical division between speech-situation models and cognitive
models. Third, the methodological split between the study of
spontaneous conversation in natural context and the study of speech
production and comprehension under controlled experimental
conditions. And fourth, the rigid genre distinction between narrative
and conversational discourse. All four dichotomies have been useful
either methodologically or historically. But important as they may
have been in the past, the time has perhaps come to work toward an
integrated approach to the study of human communication, one that will
be less dependent on narrow reductions. Both the ontological primacy
and the methodological challenge of natural face-to-face communication
are self evident. Human language has evolved, is acquired, and is
practiced most commonly in the context of face-to-face
communication. Most past theory-building in either linguistics or
psychology has not benefited from the study of face-to-face
communication, a fact that is regrettable and demands

Contributors to the volume include: A. Anderson, A. Robertson,
K. Kilborn , S. Beek and E. Dean (Glasgow), W. Chafe (Santa Barbara),
J. Coates (Roehampton), C. Dickinson and T. Givon (Oregon),
S. Ervin-Tripp and A. Kuntay (Berkeley), P. Linell and N. Korolija
(Linkoping), L. Moxey and A. Sanford (Glasgow), N. Stein, R. Bernas
and D. Calicchia (Chicago), T. Trabasso and A. Ozyurek (Chicago).

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