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Title: Cognitive and Communicative Approaches to Linguistic Analysis
Edited By: Ellen Contini-Morava
Robert S. Kirsner
Betsy Rodríguez-Bachiller
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SFSL%2051
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 51

This volume is the product of a Columbia School Linguistics Conference held
at Rutgers University in October 1999, where the plenary speaker was Ronald
W. Langacker, a founder of Cognitive Linguistics. The goal of the book is
to promote two kinds of dialogue. First, dialogue between Cognitive Grammar
and the particular sign-based approach to language known as the Columbia
School. While they share certain basic assumptions, the "maximalist" CG and
the "minimalist" CS differ both theoretically and methodologically. Given
that philosophers from Mill to Kuhn to Feyerabend have stressed the
importance to any discipline of dialogue between opposing views, the
dialogue begun here cannot fail to bear fruit. The second kind of dialogue
is that among several sign-based approaches themselves and also between
them and two competitors: grammaticalization theory and generic
functionalism. Topics range from phonology to discourse. Analytical
problems are taken from a wide range of languages including English,
German, Guarani, Hebrew, Hualapai, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Mandarin,
Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Urdu, and Yaqui.

Table of contents


Robert S. Kirsner 1–18

I. Cognitive Grammar

Form, meaning, and behavior: The Cognitive Grammar analysis of double
subject constructions
Ronald W. Langacker 21–60

Cataphoric pronouns as mental space designators: Their conceptual import
and discourse function
Michael B. Smith 61–90

II. Theoretical issues in classical sign-based linguistics

Monosemy, homonymy and polysemy
Wallis Reid 93–129

On the relationship between form and grammatical meaning in the linguistic sign
Mark J. Elson 131–154

Revisiting the gap between meaning and message
Joseph Davis 155–174

III. Analyses on the level of the classic linguistic sign

The givenness of background: A semantic-pragmatic study of two modern
German subordinating conjunctions
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt 177–203

The relevance of relevance in linguistic analysis: Spanish subjunctive mood
Bob de Jonge 205–218

A sign-based analysis of English pronouns in conjoined expressions
Nancy Stern 219–234

Semantic oppositions in the Hebrew verb system
Noah Oron and Yishai Tobin 235–260

Grammaticization of 'to' and 'away': A unified account of -k and -m in Hualapai
Kumiko Ichihashi-Nakayama 261–273

IV. Below and above the level of the sign

Interaction of physiology and communication in the make-up and distribution
of stops in Lucknow Urdu
Shabana Hameed 277–288

Between phonology and lexicon: The Hebrew triconsonantal (CCC) root system
revolving around /r/ (C-r-C)
Yishai Tobin 289–323

Length of the extra-information phrase as a predictor of word order: A
cross-language comparison
Ricardo Otheguy, Betsy Rodríguez-Bachiller and Eulalia Canals 325–340

Word-order variation in spoken Spanish in constructions with a verb, a
direct object, and an adverb: The interaction of syntactic, cognitive,
pragmatic, and prosodic features
Francisco Ocampo 341–360

Estrategias discursivas como parámetros para el análisis lingüístico
Angelita Martinez 361–379

Index of Names 381–383

Index of Subjects 384–388

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Cognitive Science
Functional & Systemic Ling
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115666
ISBN-13: 9781588115669
Pages: viii, 389 pp.
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ISBN: 902721560X
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Pages: viii, 389 pp.
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