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  • Expressing Opinions in French and Australian English Discourseby Kerry Mullan

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 143.00

    Based on the analysis of conversations between French and Australian English speakers discussing various topics, including their experiences as non-native speakers in France or Australia, this book combines subjective personal testimonies with an objective linguistic analysis of the expression of opinion in discourse. It offers a new perspective on... more...

  • The Expression of Information Structureby Ines Fiedler; Anne Schwarz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This study concerns the interaction of ‘focus’ with the verbal system of Ejagham, an Ekoid Bantu language. In particular it concerns the multiple forms of the perfective and imperfective aspects. The Ejagham system differs from the tendency in Bantu systems. The verb forms in Ejagham have a ‘constituent’ focus form that sub-categorizes... more...

  • Extraction Asymmetriesby Tanja Kiziak

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This monograph addresses divergent views in the linguistic literature on whether German displays the that -trace effect and other subject/object asymmetries commonly found for long extractions in English and other languages. Using newly developed rating methodologies, the author exposes consistent and robust subject/object asymmetries in German ?... more...

  • Fillers, Pauses and Placeholdersby Nino Amiridze; Boyd H. Davis; Margaret Maclagan

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 149.00

    Extracts from the speech of three women with Alzheimer’s Disease are analyzed in order to highlight functions of pauses, fillers, placeholders, and formulaic phrases. Although other features of their speech decline, placeholders, fillers and formulaic sequences are still used appropriately and help cement interaction by providing appropriate... more...

  • Focus Particles in Germanby Stefan Sudhoff

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This study explores the grammar of focus particles in German. It gives a thorough description and analysis of focus particle constructions and links their syntactic, semantic, and information structural properties to their prosodic characteristics. The study also shows that focus particles present a particularly well-suited subject for the investigation... more...

  • Formal Evidence in Grammaticalization Researchby An Van linden; Jean-Christophe Verstraete; Kristin Davidse; Hubert Cuyckens

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 149.00

    This article revisits the alleged unidirectionality of grammaticalization, focusing on the marginal modal dare , which previous research has discussed as a potential counterexample. Being in its origin a member of the inhomogeneous group of modal auxiliaries, dare has since Early Modern English times developed certain full verb characteristics that... more...

  • Gedanken als Wirkursachenby Michael Renemann

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    Francisco Suárez (1548?1617) sieht es als Problem an, dass nach dem traditionellen Modell der Kunstproduktion der Gedanke immer nur als Vorkonzeption und damit auf sehr vermittelte Weise in das Kunstwerk eingeht. Entsprechend wäre auch die Analyse von geistigen Hervorbringungen immer ein Prozess, bei dem die Gedanken als etwas hinter dem Gesagten Liegendes... more...

  • Gradience, Gradualness and Grammaticalizationby Elizabeth Closs Traugott; Graeme Trousdale

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 149.00

    The focus of this paper is the role of theory for the understanding of linguistic change. We argue that ‘formal’ and ‘functional’ should not be seen as two incompatible ways of viewing linguistic data, but as necessary aspects of any linguistic theory. We consider how theories which are formal, but which incorporate functional... more...

  • Grammaticalizationby Ekaterini Stathi; Elke Gehweiler; Ekkehard König

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 149.00

    After the pioneering work of Lehmann (1982), grammaticalization has been at the centre of linguistic discussion, both as a theoretical basis for empirical diachronic studies and as a topic of inquiry itself. The present paper pertains to the first line of research and deals with an ongoing micro-process of grammaticalization in Italian: the emergence... more...

  • Grimm Languageby Orrin W. Robinson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 149.00

    Grimm Language addresses a number of issues in the Grimms? fairy tales from a (Germanic) linguist?s point of view. In sections dealing with the Grimms? use of regional dialect material, various grammatical constructions, and specific nouns and adjectives in their Children?s and Household Tales , the author argues that the Grimms were consciously... more...