LINGUIST List 9.1363

Thu Oct 1 1998

Books: Typology & Universals

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  1. Christoph Eyrich, Actancy, Typology
  2. Christoph Eyrich, Adverbials, Typology

Message 1: Actancy, Typology

Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 12:18:23 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <eyrichzedat.fu-berlin.de>
Subject: Actancy, Typology


 			 Gilbert Lazard

			 Actancy

 1998. 23 x 15,5 cm. XVI, 286 pages
		 Cloth DM 218,-/approx. US$ 136.00
			 ISBN 3-11-015670-9
	 Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 19

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

Actancy, the system of grammatical relations that obtain between the
verbal predicate and the noun phrases, is at the core of the
grammar of any language.

This book is a typological study in the tradition of European
structuralism and functionalism. All aspects of actancy, morphological
and syntactic, are surveyed comparatively, with particular attention to
variations within and between languages. Notions such as subject,
object, accusativity, ergativity, diathesis, passive, antipassive,
transitivity, etc., which are often too loosely defined in the current
linguistic literature, are critically examined, given new definitions
and organized into a general coherent theory.

The investigation results in the construction of language invariants,
conceived of as abstract sets of relationships, within which valency
and actancy variations develop.

 Contents

Foreword * INTRODUCTION * Abbreviations * Terminology * ACTANCY
instruments * Relators * Actant indexes * Word order * Coalescence *
Typologies * Intent markers * ACTANCY STRUCTURES * Actancy schemata *
Actancy structures defined * Actancy structures and semantic relations
* Other accusativity and ergativity factors * Typology of languages *
ACTANTS * Semantic roles and actant functions * Criteria for defining
actants * Circumstants and peripheral actants * The `Object Zone' *
The subject function * Conclusion and typology * VERB CLASSES *
General considerations * The major classes * Minor classes: No-actant
verbs and one-actant verbs * Minor classes: Two-actant verbs * Minor
classes: Three-actant verbs * Conclusion * ACTANCY VARIATIONS * The
variations of actancy * Forms of variation * Functions of the
variations * Concluding remarks * CORRELATIONS * General points *
Invariant correlations * A model of actancy * Grammar and experience *
Notes * References * Language index * Subject index * Author index

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Message 2: Adverbials, Typology

Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 13:47:57 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <eyrichzedat.fu-berlin.de>
Subject: Adverbials, Typology



		 Johan van der Auwera (Editor)
	 in collaboration with Donall P. O Baoill

	 Adverbial Constructions in the Languages of Europe

 1998. 23 x 15,5 cm. XVIII, 852 pages
		 Cloth DM 358,-/298,-*/ 118,-**
		 Approx. US$ 224.00/186.00*/74.00**
			 ISBN 3-11-015746-2

 Empirical Approaches to Language Typology / EUROTYP 20-3
 
 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

The outcome of five years of collaborative research carried out within
the European Science Foundation Programme in Language Typology
(EUROTYP), this volume presents the first typological study about
adverbials.

It focuses on eight subjects, including word level entities (phasal
adverbs, adverbial quantifiers, sentence adverbs), phrasal entities
(equative and similative constructions), and clausal constructions
(dependent versus independent adverbial clauses, converbs, adverbial
subordinators, concessive conditionals). For each subject an attempt
is made to study the phenomenon for as many European languages as
possible as well as for a variety sample of twenty-three languages
which is kept constant across all studies.

All chapters are based on a wide range of data (specifically also
questionnaire data); they are as parsimonious as possible with respect
to descriptive means, and they offer five types of explanations
(structural, semantic, functional, genetic, areal).

The general goals are twofold: (i) to formulate `Euroversals',
properties holding for all European languages, which are thus also
potential Universals, (ii) to check the hypothesis of the `Standard
Average European' Sprachbund. The Euro-to-Universalist goal
is further served by an in-depth comparison of the European languages
with Chinese, Japanese, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese. The main general
conclusion with respect to `Standard Average European' is that of the
eight adverbial subjects treated in the book, five offer strong
support and, moreover, allow us to make the notion of `Standard Average
European' more precise than has hitherto been the case.

 Contents

Contributors * Abbreviations * Johan van der Auwera, Introduction *
Johan van der Auwera, Phasal adverbials in the languages of Europe *
Juan Carlos Moreno Cabrera, Adverbial quantification in the languages
of Europe: theory and typology * Paolo Ramat and Davide Ricca,
Sentence adverbs in the languages of Europe * Martin Haspelmath with
Oda Buchholz, Equative and similative constructions in the languages
of Europe * Kees Hengeveld, Adverbial clauses in the languages of
Europe * Igor' V. Nedjalkov, Converbs in the languages of Europe *
Bernd Kortmann, Adverbial subordinators in the languages of Europe *
Martin Haspelmath and Ekkehard Koenig, Concessive conditionals in the
languages of Europe * Walter Bisang, Adverbiality: The view from the
Far East * Johan van der Auwera, Conclusion * Index of names * Index
of languages * Index of subjects


* When ordering complete EUROTYP series
** Concession for Members of ALT 

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Germany USA 
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email: moutondegruyter.de

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