LINGUIST List 31.1168

Thu Mar 26 2020

Books: Chapters of Dependency Grammar: Imrényi, Mazziota (eds.)

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Date: 26-Mar-2020
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Chapters of Dependency Grammar: Imrényi, Mazziota (eds.)
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Title: Chapters of Dependency Grammar
Subtitle: A historical survey from Antiquity to Tesnière
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 212
Published: 2020
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/slcs.212

Editor: András Imrényi
Editor: Nicolas Mazziotta
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261700 Pages: 281 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261700 Pages: 281 Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261700 Pages: 281 Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204769 Pages: 281 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204769 Pages: 281 Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204769 Pages: 281 Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

Was Tesnière the founding father of dependency grammar or merely a culmination point in its long history? Leaving no doubt that the latter position is correct, "Chapters of Dependency Grammar" tells the story of how dependency-oriented grammatical description developed from Antiquity up to the early 20th century. From Priscian’s Rome to Dmitrievsky’s Russia, from the French "Encyclopaedia" to Stephen W. Clark’s school grammars in 19th century America, it is shown how the concept of dependencies (asymmetric word-to-word relations) surfaced again and again, assuming a central place in syntax. A particularly intriguing aspect of the storyline is that even without any direct contact or influence, authors were making key breakthroughs in similar directions. In the works of Sámuel Brassai, a Transylvanian polymath, and Franz Kern, a German grammarian, the first dependency trees appear in 1873 and 1883, respectively, predating Tesnière’s stemmas by several decades.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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