LINGUIST List 32.1706

Fri May 14 2021

Books: Usage-based and Typological Approaches to Linguistic Units: Ono, Laury, Suzuki (eds.)

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Date: 11-May-2021
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Usage-based and Typological Approaches to Linguistic Units: Ono, Laury, Suzuki (eds.)
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Title: Usage-based and Typological Approaches to Linguistic Units
Series Title: Benjamins Current Topics 114
Published: 2021
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/bct.114

Editor: Tsuyoshi Ono
Editor: Ritva Laury
Editor: Ryoko Suzuki
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027259837 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027259837 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 76.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027259837 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208835 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208835 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 76.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208835 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.40
Abstract:

The chapters in this volume focus on how we might understand the concept of ‘unit’ in human languages. It is an analytical notion that has been widely adopted by linguists of various theoretical and applied orientations but has recently been critically examined by both typologically oriented and interactional linguistics. This volume contributes to and extends this discussion by examining the nature of units in actual usage in a range of genetically and typologically unrelated languages, English, Finnish, Indonesian, Japanese, and Mandarin, engaging with fundamental theoretical issues. The chapters show that categories originally created for the description of Indo-European languages have limited usefulness if our goal is to understand the nature of human language in general. The authors thus question the status of traditionally accepted linguistic units, especially their static understanding as a priori entities, and suggest instead that an emergent and interactional view of both structure and function offers a better fit with the data from the languages examined. Originally published as special issue 43:2 (2019) of "Studies in Language".

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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