LINGUIST List 32.836

Fri Mar 05 2021

Books: Reflexive Pronouns: A Theoretical and Experimental Synthesis: Sperlich

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Date: 08-Feb-2021
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Subject: Reflexive Pronouns: A Theoretical and Experimental Synthesis: Sperlich
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Title: Reflexive Pronouns: A Theoretical and Experimental Synthesis
Subtitle: Volume 8
Series Title: Language, Cognition and Mind
Published: 2021
Publisher: Springer

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Author: Darcy Sperlich
Electronic: ISBN: 9783030638757 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 85.59
Hardback: ISBN: 9783030638740 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 108.99

This book presents a comprehensive picture of reflexive pronouns from both a theoretical and experimental perspective, using the well-researched languages of English, German, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In order to understand the data from varying theoretical perspectives, the book considers selected syntactic and pragmatic analyses based on their current importance in the field. The volume consequently introduces the Emergentist Reflexivity Approach, which is a novel theoretical synthesis incorporating a sentence and pragmatic processor that accounts for reflexive pronoun behaviour in these six languages. Moreover, in support of this model a vast array of experimental literature is considered, including first and second language acquisition, bilingual, psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic and clinical studies. It is through both the intuitive and experimental data linguistic theorizing relies upon that brings out the strengths of the modelling adopted here, paving new avenues for future research. In sum, this volume unites a diverse array of the literature that currently sits largely divorced between the theoretical and experimental realms, and when put together a better understanding of reflexive pronouns under the auspices of the Emergentist Reflexivity Approach is forged.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            German (deu)
Areal Regions: East Asian

Written In: English (eng)

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