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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Constructive Adpositional Grammars
Subtitle: Foundations of Constructive Linguistics
Written By: Federico Gobbo
Marco Benini
Description:

This book presents a new paradigm of natural language grammar analysis,
based on adposition as the key concept, considered a general connection
between two morphemes---or group of morphemes. The adpositional paradigm
considers the morpheme as the basic unit to represent morphosyntax, taken
as a whole, in terms of constructions, while semantics and pragmatics are
treated accordingly. All linguistic observations within the book can be
described through the methods and tools of Constructive Mathematics, so
that the modelling become formally feasible. A full description in
category-theoretic terms of the formal model is provided in the Appendix. A
lot of examples taken from natural languages belonging to different
typological areas are offered throughout the volume, in order to explain
and validate the modeling---with a special attention to ergativity.
Finally, a first real-world application of the paradigm is given, i.e.,
conversational analysis of the transcript of therapeutic settings in terms
of constructive speech acts. The main goal of this book is to broaden the
scope of Linguistics by including Constructive Mathematics in order to deal
with known topics such as grammaticalization, children speech, language
comparison, dependency and valency from a different perspective. It
primarily concerns advanced students researchers in the field of
Theoretical and Mathematical Linguistics but the audience can also include
scholars interested in applications of Topos Theory in Linguistics.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443830070
ISBN-13: 9781443830072
Pages: 280
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99