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Title: Person, Klasse, Kongruenz: Fragmente einer Kategorialtypologie des einfachen Satzes in den ostkaukasischen Sprachen
Written By: Wolfgang Schulze

This series is devoted to the study of the basic morphosyntactic and morphosemantic features used in the about thirty East Caucasian languages to construe "simple sentences". The approach proposed here is derived from the theories of Cognitive and Functional Grammar and substantiated in terms of a "Grammar of Scenes and Scenarios" (GSS). This approach derives grammatical categories that are obligatory to produces an utterance both from their cognitive, functional, and communicative background as well as from the evidence given by language typology.

The PKK series tries to analyze the grammar of all East Caucasian languages with respect to the prerogatives of GSS. The aim is to give an overall view of the operating systems dominating these languages as well as their assumed proto-language ("Proto-East
Caucasian"). Consequently, the following aspects are treated volume by volume: Vol. 1.: Foundations of GSS and the East Caucasian (linguistic) area, vol. 2: The Person, vol. 3: Noun Classification, vol. 4: Case systems, vol. 5: Scenes and scenarios, vol. 6: Space and time, vol. 7: Modalization. In a more traditional mood, these volumes can be regarded as a contribution to a comparative syntax of East

Vol. 1: Die Grundlagen. Teil 1&2

This first volume of the PKK series presents the theoretical prerogatives for a "Grammar of Scenes and Scenarios" (GSS) together with informations about the East Caucasian languages to which GSS is applied. GSS is a tool to describe and interpret "simple sentences" presupposing theories of holistic cognitivism, pragmatism, and connectionism. After some reflections about the state of the arts of cognitive and functional linguistics the basic concepts of a
Categorial Typology as well as their reflexes in a GSS are subsequently introduced: Reviewing the problem of the cognitive reality of grammatical categories and paradigms themselves leads to some central claims concerning their relationship to linguistic and world knowledge and their use to produces utterances. In a second step the linguistic area dealt with is introduced: The notion of Areal
Typology is discussed (introducing the notion of Cognitive and
Communicative Areas which are - at least partly - present in language systems as well as in the lexicon). The area in question (Daghestan,
Chechnia etc.) then is documented language by language together with some claims concerning their genetic relationship and informations about their general typological properties with respect to morphosyntax and morphosemantics. The third part of this volume concentrates on the concept of GSS itself . Among others, the following features are discussed: cognitive and communicative routines, operating systems, causality, ergative-accusative-continuum, semantic and functional hierarchies, grounding strategies, discourse cohesion devices etc.). The primarily deductive approach is substantiated and evaluated by evidences from formal and functional typology and diachrony. [written in German]

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3895861847
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Pages: 360
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ISBN: 3895865524
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