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  • 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...

  • Functional Discourse Grammarby Kees Hengeveld; J. Lachlan Mackenzie

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 69.99 US$ 62.99

    This is the first comprehensive presentation of Functional Discourse Grammar. The authors set out its nature and origins and show how it relates to contemporary linguistic theory. They demonstrate and test its explanatory power and descriptive utility against linguistic facts from over 150 languages across a full range of linguistic families. 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 Amd?yaby 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 Ibáńez

    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...

  • Discursive Pragmaticsby Jan Zienkowski; Jan-Ola Östman; Jef Verschueren

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 59.00

    The ten volumes of Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights focus on the most salient topics in the field of pragmatics, thus dividing its wide interdisciplinary spectrum in a transparent and manageable way. While the other volumes select specific philosophical, cognitive, grammatical, social, cultural, variational, or interactional angles, this 8 th volume... more...

  • Historical Sociopragmaticsby Jonathan Culpeper

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 120.00

    Originally published as a special issue of Journal of Historical Pragmatics 10:2 (2009), this is the first book to map out historical sociopragmatics, a multidisciplinary field located within historical pragmatics, but overlapping with socially-oriented fields, such as sociolinguistics and critical discourse analysis. Historical sociopragmatics has... more...