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  • The Trobriand Islanders' Ways of Speakingby Gunter Senft

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 210.00

    The book documents the Trobriand Islanders' typology of genres. Rooted in the 'ethnography of speaking/anthropological linguistics' paradigm, the author highlights the relevance of genres for researching language, culture and cognition in social interaction and the importance of understanding them for achieving linguistic and cultural competence. Data... more...

  • Imag(in)ing the War in Japanby David Stahl; Mark Williams

    BRILL 2010; US$ 179.00

    This study examines how various Japanese authors and other artists seeking artistic representation of traumatic Asia Pacific War experience have drawn upon their imaginative powers to create affect-charged images of the extreme violence, psychological damage and ideological contradiction surrounding the conflict. more...

  • The Light Verb Construction in Japaneseby Tadao Miyamoto

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 158.00

    This study deals with the so-called Light Verb Construction in Japanese, which consists of the verb “suru” ‘do’ and an accusative (“o”) marked verbal noun (VN). There have been unresolved debates on the role of “suru”: whether “suru” in “VN-o suru” functions as a light or heavy... more...

  • Locality and Information Structureby Yoshio Endo

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 165.00

    This monograph presents a systematic exploration of Japanese syntax within the cartographic approach, paying special attention to the locality effects induced by discourse-based features such as topic and focus. Although the main focus is on Japanese syntax, implications of the analyses developed are investigated from a broader comparative perspective.... more...

  • Modality in Japaneseby Heiko Narrog

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    Hierarchical clause structure is an important feature of most theories of grammar. While it has been an indispensable part of formal syntactic theories, functional theories have more recently discovered for themselves a ?layered structure of the clause?. A major focus of the current discussion on semanto-syntactic clause structure is the hierarchical... more...

  • Negation Patterns in West African Languages and Beyondby Norbert Cyffer; Erwin Ebermann; Georg Ziegelmeyer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    This volume deals with issues on negation patterns in languages of West Africa and the adjacent north and east. The first aim is to provide data on various aspects of negation in African languages. Although the topics addressed here reflect a great diversity of negation patterns, the following typological features have been identified to be prominent... more...

  • Negotiation of Contingent Talkby Emi Morita

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 173.00

    Observing naturally occurring talk-in-interaction in Japanese, this book examines how Japanese speakers segment their talk into relevant interactional units and use particles such as ne and sa to accomplish local pragmatic work. The study provides a conversation analytic, action-oriented account for the ubiquity of such particles in Japanese talk.... more...

  • Proto-Japaneseby Bjarke Frellesvig; John Whitman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    Proto-Japanese is the reconstructed language stage from which all later varieties of Japanese, including Ryukyuan, descend. It has been studied both as an end in itself (as the genetic code of the Japanese language) and as part of endeavors to clarify the genetic affiliation of Japanese. Based on the state of the field, especially as represented in... more...

  • Searching for Structureby Robert Englebretson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 168.00

    This book argues against the existence of complementation in colloquial Indonesian, and discusses the ramifications of these findings for a discourse-functional understanding of grammatical categories and linguistic structure. Based on a close analysis of a corpus of spontaneous conversational Indonesian data, the author examines four construction... more...

  • Studies in African Linguistic Typologyby F. K. Erhard Voeltz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 218.00

    The twenty-one papers that make up this volume reflect the broad perspective of African linguistic typology studies today. Where previous volumes would present language material from a very restricted area and perspective, the present contributions reflect the global interest and orientation of current African linguistic studies. The studies are nearly... more...