Insubordination (Typological Studies in Language 115)

Insubordination (Typological Studies in Language 115)

By: Nicholas Evans (editor), Honore Watanabe (editor)Hardback

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The phenomenon of insubordination can be defined diachronically as the recruitment of main clause structures from subordinate structures, or synchronically as the independent use of constructions exhibiting characteristics of subordinate clauses. Long marginalised as uncomfortable exceptions, insubordinated clause phenomena turn out to be surprisingly widespread, and provide a vital empirical testing ground for various central theoretical issues in current linguistics - the interplay of langue and parole, the emergence of structure, the question of where productive syntactic rules give way to constructions, the role of prosody in language change, and the question of how far grammars are produced by isolated speakers as opposed to being collaboratively constructed in dialogue. This volume - the first book-length treatment on the topic - assembles studies of languages on all continents, by scholars who bring a range of approaches to bear on the topic, from historical linguistics to corpus studies to typology to conversational analysis.


1. Preface; 2. Map; 3. Author affiliations; 4. Chapter 1. The dynamics of insubordination: An overview (by Evans, Nicholas); 5. Chapter 2. On insubordination and cooptation (by Heine, Bernd); 6. Chapter 3. Running in the family: Patterns of complement insubordination in Germanic (by Verstraete, Jean-Christophe); 7. Chapter 4. Independent si-clauses in Spanish: Functions and consequences for insubordination (by Schwenter, Scott A.); 8. Chapter 5. Revisiting the functional typology of insubordination: Insubordinate que-constructions in Spanish* (by Gras, Pedro); 9. Chapter 6. Insubordinated conditionals in spoken and non-spoken Italian (by Lombardi Vallauri, Edoardo); 10. Chapter 7. Insubordination in the Tsezic Languages (by Comrie, Bernard); 11. Chapter 8. Ordinary insubordination as transient discourse (by Dwyer, Arienne); 12. Chapter 9. Insubordination and the establishment of genealogical relationship across Eurasia (by Robbeets, Martine); 13. Chapter 10. Insubordination in Japanese diachronically (by Narrog, Heiko); 14. Chapter 11. Insubordination in Aleut (by Berge, Anna); 15. Chapter 12. Insubordination in Sliammon Salish (by Watanabe, Honore); 16. Chapter 13. Insubordination in interaction: The Cha'palaa counter-assertive (by Floyd, Simeon); 17. Chapter 14. How fascinating! Insubordinate exclamations (by Mithun, Marianne); 18. Chapter 15. Routes to insubordination: A cross-linguistic perspective (by Cristofaro, Sonia); 19. Language Index; 20. Author Index; 21. Subject Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027206961
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 435
  • ID: 9789027206961
  • weight: 930
  • ISBN10: 9027206961

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