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  • Windows to the Mindby Sandra Handl; Hans-Jörg Schmid

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 196.00

    Cognitive linguists are convinced that the nature of linguistic structures is strongly influenced by the way we experience and perceive the world and by how we conceptualize and construe these experiences and perceptions in our minds. At the same time, the study of linguistic structure and usage is credited with the potential to open windows... more...

  • The Role of Data at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interfaceby Eniko Németh T.; Karoly Bibok

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 210.00

    Mouton Series in Pragmatics (MSP) is a timely response to the growing demand for innovative and authoritative monographs and edited volumes from all angles of pragmatics. Recent theoretical work on the semantics/pragmatics interface, applications of evolutionary biology to the study of language, and empirical work within cognitive and developmental... more...

  • The Grammar of French Quantificationby Lena Baunaz

    Springer Netherlands 2011; US$ 149.00

    This first extensive study of French Quantification in the field of Syntax provides a typology of four main quantified noun phrases in French (existential, universal, negative and wh -), detailing their syntactic, semantic and prosodic behaviors. more...

  • Objects and Information Structureby Mary Dalrymple; Irina Nikolaeva

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 29.00

    A cross-linguistic study of how objects are affected by information structure. more...

  • Context and Contextsby Anita Fetzer; Etsuko Oishi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 135.00

    From an adaptive perspective, context construction is construable as a way of handling variation in the external environment. As such, it is as part of the action selection process, which is governed by adaptive values. This contribution examines in what way context results from the intervention of such values. By contrast with more mainstream approaches,... more...

  • Contrastive Pragmaticsby Karin Aijmer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 128.00

    The nominative and infinitive (or NCI) is a syntactic pattern that has so far not been given its due in the linguistics of languages that possess structures that could go by that name. In English and Dutch these were probably introduced (or at the very least revived) into the grammar as loans from Latin. To the extent that they have received attention,... more...

  • Time, Tense and Aspect in Early Vedic Grammarby Eystein Dahl

    BRILL 2010; US$ 185.00

    This book takes a fresh look at the relationship between asepct, tense and mood in Early Vedic, the language of the Rigveda. Although numerous studies have examined the functional range of individual verbal categories in this language, this work is the first attempt to approach this problem from an overall, systemic perspective. With insights from... more...

  • The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Amdəyaby Jared Greenblatt

    BRILL 2010; US$ 266.00

    This work is a linguistic description of an obsolescent dialect of Neo-Aramaic. The dialect was originally spoken by Jews residing in the village of Am dya (a.k.a Amadiya) in modern-day northern Iraq. No native speakers of this dialect remain in situ. They, along with the other Jewish communities of the Kurdish region, had all left by 1951. The majority... more...

  • The Art of Dialectic between Dialogue and Rhetoricby Marta Spranzi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 158.00

    This book reconstructs the tradition of dialectic from Aristotle's Topics , its founding text, up to its "renaissance" in 16th century Italy, and focuses on the role of dialectic in the production of knowledge. Aristotle defines dialectic as a structured exchange of questions and answers and thus links it to dialogue and disputation, while Cicero... more...

  • Defining Metonymy in Cognitive Linguisticsby Réka Benczes; Antonio Barcelona; Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 135.00

    The notion of matrix domain in metonymy needs further exploration in connection to its role in the unfolding of contextual elements in discourse. On the basis of different dialogues in Chinese, I examine the way shifts in indirect speech act meaning relate to changes in the metonymic source and target domains underlying such meaning. I claim that matrix... more...