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  • Talk Is Cheapby John Haiman

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 64.99 US$ 55.89

    Putting aside questions of truth and falsehood, the old "talk is cheap" maxim carries as much weight as ever. Indeed, perhaps more. For one need not be an expert in irony or sarcasm to realize that people don't necessarily mean what they say. Phrases such as "Yeah, right" and "I couldn't care less" are so much a part of the way we speak--and the way... more...

  • Iconicity in Syntaxby John Haiman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1985; US$ 54.00

    The papers in this volume all explore one kind of functional explanation for various aspects of linguistic form ? iconicity: linguistic forms are frequently the way they are because they resemble the conceptual structures they are used to convey, or, linguistic structures resemble each other because the different conceptual domains they represent are... more...

  • Huaby John Haiman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1980; US$ 203.00

    There is no country in the world where as many different languages are spoken as in New Guinea, approximately a fifth of the languages in the world. Most of these so-called Papuan languages seem to be unrelated to languages spoken elsewhere. The present work is the first truly comprehensive study of such a language, Hua. The chief typological peculiarity... more...

  • Cambodianby John Haiman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 49.95

    Cambodian is in many respects a typical Southeast Asian language, whose syntax at least on first acquaintance seems to approximate that of any SVO pidgin. On closer acquaintance, however, because of the richness of its idioms, the language seems to be a forbiddingly alien form of ?Desesperanto? ? a language of which one can read a page and understand... more...

  • The Rhaeto-Romance Languagesby Paola Beninca; John Haiman

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 54.95

    The Rhaeto-Romance languages have been known as such to the linguistic community since the pioneering studies of Ascoli and Gartner over a century ago. There has never been a community of RR speakers based on a common history or polity and the various dialects are mutually unintelligible, but a unity, based on a number of common features, has been... more...

  • Clause Combining in Grammar and Discourseby John Haiman; Sandra A. Thompson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1988; US$ 83.00

    Traditionally the study of syntax is restricted to the study of what goes on within the boundaries of the prosodic sentence. Although the nature of clause combining within a prosodic sentence has always been a central concern of traditional syntax (in GG, e.g. it underlies important research on deletion and anaphora), work within a discourse analysis... more...

  • Switch Reference and Universal Grammarby John Haiman; Pamela Munro

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1983; US$ 72.00

    Canonical switch-reference is an inflectional category of the verb, which indicates whether or not its subject is identical with the subject of some other verb. Switch-reference may be analyzed from a structural or a functional point of view. Functionally, switch-reference is a device for referential tracking. Formally, switch-reference is almost always... more...

  • Essays on Language Function and Language Typeby Joan L. Bybee; John Haiman; Sandra A. Thompson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1997; US$ 210.00

    In their subject matter and in their theoretical orientation all the papers in this volume reflect the powerful influence of T. Givón. 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,... more...

  • Free Speech On Trialby Richard A. Parker; Richard A. Parker; Susan J. Balter-Reitz; Mary Elizabeth Bezanson; Craig Smith; Nicholas F Burnett; Juliet Dee; Donald Fishman; Douglas M Fraleigh; Edward C. Brewer; John S Gossett; Franklyn S Haiman; Joseph J Hemmer; Dale Herbeck; Warren Sandmann; Stephen A Smith; Wilfred R Tremblay; Joseph S Tuman; Andrew H Utterback; David J Vergobbi; Ann M Gill

    University of Alabama Press 2011; US$ 39.95

    Describes landmark free speech decisions of the Supreme Court while highlighting the issues of language, rhetoric, and communication that underlie them. At the intersection of communication and First Amendment law reside two significant questions: What is the speech we ought to protect, and why should we protect it? The 20 scholars of legal communication... more...

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