LINGUIST List 26.867

Wed Feb 11 2015

Books: Subjects in Constructions – Canonical and Non-Canonical: Helasvuo, Huumo (eds.)

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Date: 04-Feb-2015
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Subjects in Constructions – Canonical and Non-Canonical: Helasvuo, Huumo (eds.)
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Title: Subjects in Constructions – Canonical and Non-Canonical
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 16
Published: 2015
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/cal.16

Editor: Marja-Liisa Helasvuo
Editor: Tuomas Huumo
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269188 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269188 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269188 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204387 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204387 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204387 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

This volume analyzes constructions with non-canonical subjects in individual languages and cross-linguistically, drawing on insights from cognitive and discourse-functional linguistics. Prototypical subjects have often been characterized in terms of their semantic, syntactic and discourse features, such as animacy, agentivity, topicality, referentiality, definiteness and autonomy of existence of the subject referent. A non-canonical subject is one that lacks some of these features. This may be reflected in its meaning, grammatical coding, and/or discourse function. In discussing non-canonical subjects in individual languages and cross-linguistically, the chapters in the volume address the following more general topics: What kinds of grammatical, semantic and discourse criteria can be used to distinguish subjects from non-subjects? To what extent are subject criteria construction-specific? What kinds of constructions have non-canonical subjects? What are the semantic and discourse functions of constructions with non-canonical subjects? Are subjects which are grammatically non-canonical also atypical in terms of their discourse features?

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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