Form and Function in Language Research: Papers in Honour of Christian Lehmann

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Johannes Helmbrecht, Yoko Nishina, Yong-Min Shin, Elisabeth Verhoeven, Stavros Skopeteas
Walter de Gruyter, 2009 - 350 Seiten

Language description enriches linguistic theory and linguistic theory sharpens language description. Based on evidence from the world's languages, functional-typological linguistics has established a number of thorough generalizations about the nature of linguistic categorizations and their manifestation in natural languages. Empirical studies in these fields of linguistics have contributed to sharpen linguistic theory in several respects.

This volume is a collection of 19 contributions from outstanding scholars in the field of functional-typological linguistics that address fundamental issues in the study of language, such as the nature of linguistic categories, the constitution of functional domains, and the form of cross-linguistic continua. Empirical data from individual languages and from typological samples are investigated in order to achieve generalizations about the properties of human grammar(s). Several grammatical phenomena are dealt with including tonal systems, person distinctions, modalities, reciprocity, complex predicates, grammatical relations, word order, clause linkage, and information structure.

The structure of the book illustrates the fundamental importance of the analytical distinction between the onomasiological and the semasiological approach to language and language diversity. Both perspectives are integrated in most papers with a dominant focus on either the former or the latter perspective.

 

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Introduction
1
a sketch
11
Weighing semantic distinctions in person forms
25
between grammar and lexis
57
on being sixty in Europe and beyond
69
Thoughts on imperfective imperatives
93
constraints on objecttopicalization in Korean
107
Zero and nothing in Jarawara
125
the various faces of syntax
167
alignment extraction and control
185
Areal typology of toneconsonant interaction and implosives in Kwa Kru and SouthernMande
217
The internal structure of adpositional phrases
231
toward demystifying serial verbs
255
some typological approaches
283
some remarks
301
some data from the NorthCaucasian languages
313

the adjoined clause in Iatmul
139
Once more on linguistic categories
151
Questions surrounding the basic notions of the word lexie morpheme and lexeme
157
towards a typology of partitive and pseudopartitive nominal constructions
329
Backmatter
347
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Über den Autor (2009)

Johannes Helmbrecht, University of Regensburg, Germany; Yoko Nishina, University of Erfurt, Germany; Yong-Min Shin, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea; Stavros Skopeteas, University of Potsdam, Germany; Elisabeth Verhoeven, University of Bremen, Germany.

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