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Title: Coordination Relations in the Languages of Europe and Beyond
Written By: Caterina Mauri
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110204391-1
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 42
Description:

This book examines the coding of the three coordination relations of
combination, contrast and alternative between states of affairs on the
basis of a 74 language sample, with special focus on the languages spoken
in Europe. It constitutes the first systematic inquiry so far conducted on
the cross-linguistic coding of coordination, as defined in cognitive and
pragmatic terms. This research shows that the 'and-but-or' coding system
which is typical of Central-Western Europe appears to be extremely rare
outside Europe, where a great variation in the coding of coordination is
attested. This cross-linguistic variation, however, is not random, but is
crucially constrained by the interaction of economic principles with the
semantic properties of the individual relations expressed. A fine-grained
functional systematization of coordination is proposed and described by
means of implicational patterns and semantic maps. This work brings
together a broad cross-linguistic perspective and a detailed semantic
analysis, largely based on new and comparable data collected by means of
questionnaires, all accessible in the appendix of the book. It represents
the first systematic attempt towards a unified typology of coordination
relations.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110204398
ISBN-13: 9783110204391
Pages: 354
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 157.00