Essays on Language Function and Language Type: Dedicated to T. Givon

Essays on Language Function and Language Type: Dedicated to T. Givon

By: Joan L. Bybee (editor), Sandra A. Thompson (editor), John Haiman (editor)Hardback

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In their subject matter and in their theoretical orientation all the papers in this volume reflect the powerful influence of T. Givon. Most of them deal with questions of morphosyntactic typology, pragmatics, and grammaticalization theory. Many of them are directly based on extensive fieldwork on local languages of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Others are based on statistical analyses of extensive written and spoken corpora of texts.


1. Instead of an Introduction; 2. From His Colleagues; 3. His Publications; 4. The Essays; 5. Semantic Aspects of Morphological Typology (by Bybee, Joan L.); 6. The Typology of Predicate Case Marking (by Comrie, Bernard); 7. Grammaticalization and the Gradience of Categories: Relator Nouns and Postpositions in Tibetan and Burmese (by DeLancey, Scott); 8. A Typology of Argument-Determined Constructions (by Dixon, R.M.W.); 9. Are Grammatical Relations Universal? (by Dryer, Matthew S.); 10. Introducing Ergative Word Order via Reanalysis: Word Order Change in the Cariban Family (by Gildea, Spike); 11. Living in Three Languages (by Grinevald, Colette); 12. Self-Abasement in Language: A Case Study on the Viability of a Metaphor (by Haiman, John); 13. The Misumalpan Causative Construction (by Hale, Kenneth L.); 14. On Attributive Possession in Kabiye (by Heine, Bernd); 15. When 'Grammar' and Discourse Clash: The Problem of Source Conflicts (by Hopper, Paul J.); 16. A Dynamic Account of Grammatical Function (by Langacker, Ronald W.); 17. On Zero Anaphora (by Li, Charles N.); 18. Head-Marking and Objecthood (by Lichtenberk, Frantisek); 19. Participant and Event Anaphora in Newspaper Articles (by Lord, Carol); 20. Lexical Affixes and Morphological Typology (by Mithun, Marianne); 21. Versatile Nominalizations (by Noonan, Michael); 22. The Maasai External Possessor Construction (by Payne, Doris L.); 23. Voice in Seko Padang (by Payne, Thomas E.); 24. Mind, Code and Text (by Slobin, Dan I.); 25. Index

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  • Number Of Pages: 484
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