Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Evolutionary Syntax

By Ljiljana Progovac

This book "outlines novel and testable hypotheses, contains extensive examples from many different languages" and is "presented in accessible language, with more technical discussion in footnotes."

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

This book "proposes a new theory of contact-induced grammatical restructuring" and "offers a new analytical approach to New English from a formal or structural perspective."

Book Information

Sun Image

Title: Artistic and Rhetorical Patterns in Quechua Legendary Texts
Written By: Agot Bergli
Series Title: Publications in Translation and Textlinguistics

This book shows the role of specific linguistic structures in the creation of
formulaic, artistic patterns in Quechua legendary narratives and explores how
the patterns function in relation to concepts such as main event line and
other rhetorical structures. The analysis of the texts into artistic patterns is
mainly based on Dell Hymes's criteria; thus "pattern numbers," initial
connectives and evidential markers play an important role in the pattern
formations. The Quechua texts also show that the switch-reference markers
and/or the rotation of subject in general is crucial to the structuring of the
texts. The analysis moreover shows how the different patterns discovered are
closely tied to rhetorical/cognitive structures, as they are perceived and lined
out by various linguists, especially those of Robert Longacre and Wallace L.
Chafe. The analysis of the texts prompts various questions in regards to the
functions of the linguistic structures mentioned. Some of these get specific
attention in the final chapter which also includes a discussion that seeks to
find an explanation of the textual patterns through looking at universal artistic
patterns as outlined by other scholars, as well as looking to some Quechua
cultural patterns. About the author: Ă…got Bergli received the Dr. art. (Ph.D.) in
linguistics in 2002 from Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
(NTNU), Trondheim.She has worked with SIL International since 1979,
primarily as an editor of works on Quechua and discourse studies.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: SIL International Publications
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Quechua, Classical
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1556712448
ISBN-13: 9781556712449
Pages: 322
Prices: U.S. $ 36.00