LINGUIST List 14.1942

Wed Jul 16 2003

Books: Cognitive Science, English: Chen

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  • julia.ulrich, English Inversion: Chen

    Message 1: English Inversion: Chen

    Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 11:46:27 +0000
    From: julia.ulrich <>
    Subject: English Inversion: Chen

    Title: English Inversion Subtitle: A Ground-before-Figure Construction Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research Publication Year: 2003 Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter Author: Rong Chen, California State University, San Bernardino, USA

    Hardback: ISBN: 3110178109, Pages: xi, 333, Price: Euro 78.00 / approx. US$ 86.00 Abstract:

    The author provides an account of English inversion, a construction that displays perplexing idiosyncrasies at the level of semantics, phonology, syntax, and pragmatics. Basing his central argument on the claim that inversion is a linguistic representation of a Ground-before-Figure model, the author develops an elegant solution to a hitherto unsolved multidimensional linguistic puzzle and, in the process, supports the theoretical position that a cognitive approach best suits the multidimensionality of language itself. Engagingly written, the book appeals to linguists of all persuasions and to any reader curious about the relationship between language and cognition.


    Chapter 1: Preliminaries 1. Issues of inversion 2. Previous research 3. Relevant tenets of cognitive linguistics 4. Other issues

    Chapter 2: Inversion as GbF instantiation 1. The GbF model 2. LOC BE: The prototype 3. PATH Vm: From existence to motion 4. NSPAT BE: From spatiality to nonspatiality 5. A radial classification 6. The phonology of inversion: A matter of focus 7. GbF and information packaging: A comparison

    Chapter 3: Syntactic constraints 1. Polarity 2. Transitivity 3. Embeddedness 4. Auxiliaries 5. Weight 6. Summary

    Chapter 4: Inversion in discourse 1. Discourse types: A tripartite 2. Inversion in description 3. Inversion in narration 4. Inversion in exposition 5. Summary 6. Inversion in parody

    Chapter 5: Conclusion 1. Summary 2. GbF representation in other languages

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