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LINGUIST List 19.1736

Sat May 31 2008

Books: Semantics/Syntax/Ling Theories/Philosophy of Lang: Beedham

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Language and Meaning: Beedham

Message 1: Language and Meaning: Beedham
Date: 29-May-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Language and Meaning: Beedham
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Title: Language and Meaning
Subtitle: The structural creation of reality
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 55
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SFSL%2055

Author: Christopher Beedham
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027215642 Pages: 225 Price: Europe EURO 33.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9789027215642 Pages: 225 Price: U.S. $ 49.95

Now Available in Paperback!

This book illustrates the structuralist idea that language creates the
reality we perceive. The data presented in this volume focus on the
problematic issues of the passive construction and irregular (strong)
verbs, with examples taken primarily from English with separate subsections
on German and Russian. The author presents a new and different analysis of
these complex topics which proceeds from the levels of form to meaning
rather than the traditional and generative methodologies that follow the
opposite path from meaning to form. This book will be of interest to all
linguists who have ever confronted the controversial question of the
interaction between lexical exceptions and grammatical rules. The scope of
this volume is rather broad and it compares and contrasts text grammar
versus sentence grammar in an innovative way.

Table of contents
List of Figures ix
List of Tables xi
Preface xiii-xiv
Introduction 1
1. Saussurean structuralism 3-17
2. Aspect 19-31
3. The passive 33-60
4. Generative grammar 61-105
5. Tense and irregular verbs 107-133
6. Text grammar: Parole versus Langue 135-152
7. The method of lexical exceptions 153-164
Conclusion 165-169
Notes 171-185
References 187-200
Appendices 201-206
Glossary of aspect terms 207-212
Name index 213-215
Subject index 217-225

"This is an ambitious volume which is likely to be of particular interest
to postgraduate students [...]. The concluding chapter sets out the method
of lexical exceptions in a manner easily accessible to students. As a
whole, the book is certain to stimulate lively debates and encourage
empirical research."
- Forum for Modern Language Studies 2007/43.1:94

"Besonders gelungen scheint mir die Verbindung von allgemeinen
sprachtheoretischen Fragestellungen mit eigenen konkreten empirischen
Untersuchungsergebnissen zu einzelnen Bereichen der englischen (z.T. auch
der deutschen und der russischen) Grammatik in Gestalt einer
weiterführenden und wegweisenden 'Zusammenschau'. [...] Im Prinzip geht es
überall darum entsprechend dem Saussureschen Konzept von der Unteilbarkeit
des sprachlichen Zeichens, nach Unterschieden in der Bedeutung zu fahnden,
wo es Formenunterschied gibt (auch und gerade dort, wo solche
Bedeutungsunterschiede bisher nicht erkannt worden sind). Mit diesem Ansatz
ist das Buch gleichermaßen originell wie konsequent, vermittelt in seiner
Rigorosität zweifellos auch weitere Impulse für die linguistische Forschung."
- Prof. Dr. Gerhard Helbig, Universität Leipzig

"The chapter on strong verbs is a real detective story, nicely written, and
full of intriguing suggestions, especially on the relationship with sound
- Prof. David Crystal

"I admire the way the author has taken the basic research he has done over
many years (notably irregular verbs and the passive) and used it as a point
of departure for a vigorous, outspoken and thought-provoking presentation
of a radical alternative to fashionable orthodoxies."
- The Lord Quirk FBA

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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