LINGUIST List 11.785

Wed Apr 5 2000

Books: Functional Linguistics

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  • Paul Peranteau, Functional Linguistics: Klausenburger, Lockwood, Manney

    Message 1: Functional Linguistics: Klausenburger, Lockwood, Manney

    Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2000 20:26:40 -0400
    From: Paul Peranteau <>
    Subject: Functional Linguistics: Klausenburger, Lockwood, Manney

    John Benjamins Publishing announces these three new books working within various Functionalist paradigms:

    Grammaticalization. Studies in Latin and Romance morphosyntax. Jurgen KLAUSENBURGER (University of Washington) Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 193 US & Canada: 1 55619 971 6 / USD 59.00 (Hardcover) Rest of world: 90 272 3700 X / NLG 118.00 (Hardcover)

    In this monograph, various aspects of the morphosyntactic evolution of the Romance languages are shown to interact in a theory of grammaticalization. The study argues for the incorporation and subordination of inflectional morphology within a grammaticalization continuum, constituting but a portion of the latter. Parameters of natural morphology are seen as principles of grammaticalization, but the reverse is also true, rendering grammaticalization and natural morphology indistinguishable.

    In the context of this theoretical framework, Chapter 2 deals with Latin, French, and Italian verbal inflection, focusing on universal and system-dependent parameters of natural morphology. In Chapter 3, a theory of grammaticalization is built on divergent elements, including not only grammaticalization studies proper, but also the perception/production line of inquiry, and typology and branching issues, permitting the phasing out of the traditional synthesis/analyis cycle. Chapter 4 touches on nominal inflection, in particular that of Old French and Rumanian, the most revealing histories in the Romance domain. Chapter 5, finally, thoroughly discusses extant theoretical questions in grammaticalization, prominently featuring the relevance of 'invisible hand' explanations and the crucial role played by unidirectionality.

    This study will be of interest to specialists in Romance and historical linguistics, as well as morphological theory.

    Functional Approaches to Language, Culture and Cognition. Papers in honor of Sydney M. Lamb. David G. LOCKWOOD (Michigan State University), Peter H. FRIES (Central Michigan University) and James E. COPELAND (Rice University) (eds.) Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 163 US & Canada: 1 55619 879 5 / USD 135.00 (Hardcover) Rest of world: 90 272 3668 2 / NLG 270.00 (Hardcover)

    This volume contains functional approaches to the description of language and culture, and language and cultural change. The approaches taken by the authors range from cognitive approaches including Stratificational grammar to more socially oriented ones including Systemic Functional linguistics. The volume is organized into two sections.

    The first section 'Functional Approaches to the Structure of Language: Theory and Practice' starts with contributions developing a Stratificational model; these are followed by contributions focusing on some related functional model of language; and by articles describing some particular set of language phenomena.

    In the second section 'Functional Approaches to the History of Language and Linguistics' general studies of language change are addressed first; a second group of contributions examines language change, lexicon and culture; and the last cluster of contributions treats the history of linguistics and culture.

    Contributions by: James E. Copeland; David G. Lockwood; Sydney M. Lamb; Ernst-August M�ller; William M. Christie; Earl M. Herrick; Tim Pulju; Adam Makkai; William J. Sullivan; Toby D. Griffen; Winfred P. Lehmann; Chang In Lee; Jonathan J. Webster; Robert E. Longacre; Yoshihiko Ikegami; Roger W. Wescott; M.A.K. Halliday; Katharina Barbe; Cynthia Ford Meyer; Peter H. Fries; Heather K. Hardy; Philip W. Davis; John Regan; Nancy Pine; Joe Stephenson; Dell Hymes; Henry Rogers; Robert Austerlitz; Joseph H. Greenberg; James E. Copeland; David C. Bennett; Carleton T. Hodge; William Bright; Connie Eble; F.W. Householder; Merritt Ruhlen; Edgar C. Polom�; M.B. Emeneau; Thomas A. Sebeok; Saul Levin; Victor H. Yngve.

    Middle Voice in Modern Greek. Meaning and function of an inflectional category. Linda Joyce MANNEY (United States International University) Studies in Language Companion Series 48 US & Canada: 1 55619 934 1 / USD 94.00 (Hardcover) Rest of world: 90 272 3051 X / NLG 188.00 (Hardcover)

    This book provides an in-depth analysis of the inflectional middle category in Modern Greek. Against the theoretical backdrop of cognitive linguistics, it is argued that a wide range of seemingly disparate middle structures in Modern Greek comprise a complex semantic network, and that this network is organized around two prototypical middle event types, which are noninitiative emotional response and spontaneous change of state. In those cases where middle structures have active counterparts, middle and active variants of the same verb stem are compared in order to demonstrate more clearly the semantic distinctions and pragmatic functions encoded by inflectional middle voice in Modern Greek. Major semantic groupings of middle structures treated include emotional response in particular and psycho-emotive experience in general, spontaneous change of state and/or the resulting state, agent-induced events in which an agent subject is (emotionally) involved with or affected by some aspect of the designated situation, passive-like events in which a patient subject is affected by a nonfocal agent, implicit or specified, and reflexive-like events in which a patient subject and an unspecified agent may overlap to varying degrees.

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