978-1-55619-097-1 / 9781556190971

Syntax: A Functional Typological Introduction (2 Volumes)


Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company



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The long-awaited second volume of the two-volume work on syntax from a functional-typological perspective. Grammar is viewed as a non-arbitrary language-processing device, to be understood in terms of the various substantive parameters relevant to language: Communicative function, cognitive processing, socio-culture and neuro-biology. Distortions in this complex yet highly iconic code are due to conflicting functional requirements, most commonly introduced into the code through the course of diachronic change. Cross-linguistic variation within each functional domain is highly constrained, and yields a coherent typology of the most natural ways the same communicative function can be performed. The volume covers the syntax of complex clauses, and is organized according to the following plan: Chapter 12: Noun phrases Chapter 13: Verbal complements Chapter 14: Voice and de-transitivization Chapter 15: Relative clauses Chapter 16: Contrastive focus constructions Chapter 17: Marked topic constructions Chapter 18: Non-declarative speech acts Chapter 19: The grammar of interclausal coherence Chapter 20: The grammar of referential coherence as mental processing instructions Chapter 21: Markedness and iconicity in syntax.

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