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Title: Grammar from the Human Perspective
Subtitle: Case, space and person in Finnish
Edited By: Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
Lyle Campbell
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20277
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 277

The papers of this volume investigate how grammar codes the subjective
viewpoint of human language users, that is, how grammar reflects human
conceptualization. Some of the articles deal with spatial relations and
locations. They discuss how basic attributes of human conceptualization are
encoded in the grammatical expression of spatial relations. Other articles
concern embodiment in language, showing how conceptualization is mediated
by one’s embodied experience of the world and ourselves. Finally, some of
the articles discuss coding of person focusing on the subjec­tivity of
conceptualization and how it is reflected in grammar.

The articles show that conceptualization reflects the speaker's construal
of the situation, and furthermore, that it is intersubjective because it
reflects the speaker's understanding of the relations between the speech
act participants. The papers deal with Finnish, utilizing the rich
resources of Finnish grammar to contribute to issues in contemporary
linguistics and in particular to Cognitive Grammar.

Table of contents

Abbreviations & transcription symbols vii–viii
Acknowledgements ix
Introduction: Grammar from the human perspective
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo and Lyle Campbell 1–10
An introduction to Finnish spatial relations: Local cases and adpositions
Tuomas Huumo and Krista Ojutkangas 11–20
Part I: Space and location
Spatial axes in language and conceptualisation: The case of bidirectional
Krista Ojutkangas 21–39
"I woke up from the sofa": Subjective directionality in Finnish expressions
of a spatio-cognitive transfer
Tuomas Huumo 41–65
Metonymy in locatives of state
Tiina Onikki-Rantajääskö 67–100
Part II: The human perspective
Body part names and grammaticalization
Toni Suutari 101–128
On distinguishing between 'recipient' and 'beneficiary' in Finnish
Seppo Kittilä 129–152
Oblique mentions of human referents in Finnish conversation: The effects of
prominence in discourse and grammar
Ritva Laury 153–171
Part III: Person
Person in Finnish: Paradigmatic and syntagmatic relations in interaction
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo and Lea Laitinen 173–207
Zero person in Finnish: A grammatical resource for construing human reference
Lea Laitinen 209–231
Passive — personal or impersonal? A Finnish perspective
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo 233–255
References 257–275
Index of terms 277–280

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Finnish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247927
ISBN-13: 9789027247926
Pages: 280
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