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Books: The Hittite Demonstratives: Goedegebuure

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Subject: The Hittite Demonstratives: Goedegebuure
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Title: The Hittite Demonstratives
Subtitle: Studies in Deixis, Topics and Focus
Series Title: Studien zu den Bogazköy-Texten 55
Published: 2014
Publisher: ISD, Distributor of Scholarly Books

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Author: Petra Marian Goedegebuure
Hardback: ISBN: 9783447102285 Pages: 636 Price: U.S. $ 207.00

In order to mitigate the lack of context inherent to the study of dead languages, the author has developed a descriptive model that combines (a) cognitive approaches to reference, (b) a theory of information structure, and (c) typological studies on demonstratives. With the help of this model, the author not only provides for the first time a thorough description of the long-known demonstratives ka- "this" and apa- "that", but also identifies a third demonstrative, asi "that, yonder". This identification has led to a reappraisal of the distal semantics of apa-: apa- does not mark remote objects at all but points at objects in the vicinity of the addressee. In short, the Hittite demonstratives are not distance- but person-based. As a third person pronoun, apa»- also expresses emphasis. A detailed analysis within the framework of information structure shows, for example, that apa»- in preverbal position marks a referent as the Contrastive Focus of its clause (in "the dog (not the cat) chased the horse", dog is in Contrastive Focus). Non-contrastive focal apa»-, on the other hand, always occurs in initial position. The addition of information structure to the grammatical description of Hittite thus provides a better understanding of the meaning effects of word order variation in this SOV language. (Harrassowitz Verlag 2014)

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Hittite (hit)

Written In: English (eng)

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