LINGUIST List 10.1837

Wed Dec 1 1999

Books: Amerindian Ling, Theoretical Ling

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Amerindian Ling: Basic Word Order and Sentence Types in Kari'qa
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Theoretical Ling: Conceptual Analysis of Spatial Nouns, G. Bennardo

Message 1: Amerindian Ling: Basic Word Order and Sentence Types in Kari'qa

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 23:42:55 +0100
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Amerindian Ling: Basic Word Order and Sentence Types in Kari'qa

Basic Word Order and Sentence Types in Kari'�a
ANDR�S ROMERO-FIGEROA
Universidad de Oriente, Cuman�, Venzeuela

The purpose of this research is to study the basic syntactic order in
Kari'�a through the analysis of an integrated corpus encopassing simple
sentences taken from conversations ands texts ellicited from natives.
The fieldwork sessions for this work were carried out between January
and September of 1996 in Cachama, a village located in the heart of the
Kari'�a homeland in northeastern Venezuela. This study covers the
primary syntactic elements, i.e. Subject, Verb and Object. As well, some
consideration is given to other sentential elements of this language -
specially obliques and adverbials. Finally, a survey of some sentence
types in Kari'�a is included. In general, the study pursues to determine
the prevailing syntactic order in Kari'�a, and to account for the most
common arrangements for quotative, intransitive, transitive,
ditransitive, copulative, imperative, interrogative and negative
sentences.

Languages of the World/11-3.
3 89586 914 7. 
30pp. EUR 10.23 / USD 11.00 

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Message 2: Theoretical Ling: Conceptual Analysis of Spatial Nouns, G. Bennardo

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 23:54:09 +0100
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Theoretical Ling: Conceptual Analysis of Spatial Nouns, G. Bennardo

A CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS OF TONGAN SPATIAL NOUNS:
FROM GRAMMAR TO MIND

Giovanni Bennardo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In Churchward (1953) a set of Tongan nouns are labeled 'local', that is
"construed as if it were the proper name of a place" (p. 88). Some of
these nouns reappear under another label, that is, 'preposed' nouns (p.
214-16) and they are defined as nouns that can be "placed immediately
before another noun instead of being connected with it by means of a
preposition" (p.214). This peculiarity was exploited by Broschart (1993)
to argue for a subset of these nouns to be considered as classifiers. In
this work the author tries to clarify the border of this fuzzy subset of
Tongan nouns differently addressed by Churchward and Broschard.

The analysis of this newly defined subset of Tongan nouns, 'spatial'
nouns, is conceptual, that is, based on a set of primitive (and possibly
universal) spatial concepts suggested by Lehman & Bennardo (1992) and
Bennardo (1993, 1996). The conceptual apparatus is the result of
extensive analyses conducted on both English and Tongan spatial
prepositions. Further analyses regarded representations of spatial
relationships in other languages like Burmese, Thai and Italian.
	
Following Lucy's suggestion, grammatical features of the Tongan language
represent the path along which the conceptual analysis moves. In fact, 
five structural contexts in which the 'spatial' nouns appear represent
the starting point of the analysis. The analysis will weave through the
grammatical and conceptual levels and will end up in sorting the nouns
into three separate groups according to a combination of their
conceptual content and grammatical possibilities. Finally, the results
of this analysis call for an interesting modification of the conceptual
apparatus.

Languages of the World / 12-1 
3 89586 917 1. 
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