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Title: Animacy and Reference
Written By: Mutsumi Yamamoto
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 46

The concept of 'animacy' concerns the fundamental and cognitive question of the extent to which we recognize and express living things as saliently human-like or animal-like. In Animacy and Reference Mutsumi Yamamoto pursues two main objectives: First, to establish a conceptual framework of animacy, and secondly, to explain how the concept of animacy can be reflected in the use of referential expressions. Unlike previous studies on the subject focussing on grammatical manifestations, Animacy and Reference sheds light upon the conceptual properties of animacy itself and its reflection in referential processes. For the research of this study the author focussed on languages that show completely different tendencies. As a result, English and Japanese 'parallel corpora' are analysed yielding salient observations and opening intriguing discussions.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556199325
ISBN-13: 9781556199325
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230498
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Prices: NLG 166.00