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  • Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genreby Polly E. Szatrowski

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 143.00

    This book investigates how Japanese participants accommodate to and make use of genre-specific characteristics to make stories tellable, create interpersonal involvement, negotiate responsibility, and show their personal selves. The analyses of storytelling in casual conversation, animation narratives, television talk shows, survey interviews, and... more...

  • Australian Languagesby Claire Bowern; Harold Koch

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 188.00

    This book addresses controversial issues in the application of the comparative method to the languages of Australia which have recently come to international prominence. Are these languages ?different? in ways that challenge the fundamental assumptions of historical linguistics? Can subgrouping be successfully undertaken using the Comparative Method?... more...

  • The Bantu?Romance Connectionby CÚcile De Cat; Katherine Demuth

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 173.00

    This landmark volume is the first work specifically designed to explore the extent to which striking surface morpho-syntactic similarities between Bantu and Romance languages actually represent similar syntactic structures. In particular, it explores the timely and much debated issues of verbal morphology and agreement, the structure of DPs, and word... more...

  • Gender, Language and Cultureby Lidia Tanaka

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 143.00

    This book analyzes the relationship between gender, age and role in Japanese television interviews. It covers a wide range of topics on Japanese communication; cultural and gender variables are interwoven in the interpretation of the findings. The study shows how participants interact through language and how they project their identities in the context... more...

  • Grammar and Inference in Conversationby Michael C. Ewing

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 188.00

    This study analyzes how morphosyntactic structures and information flow characteristics are used by interlocutors in producing and understanding clauses in conversational Javanese, focusing on the Cirebon variety of the language. While some clauses display grammatical mechanisms used to code their structure explicitly and redundantly, many other clauses... more...

  • Grammar in Use across Time and Spaceby Misumi Sadler

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 158.00

    This monograph contains the first systematic investigation of the Japanese ?dative subject? construction across time and space. It demonstrates that, in order to capture what speakers/writers know about how to put an utterance or a clause together, it is necessary to pay attention to what they do in actual language use and in different discourse types.... more...

  • The Grammar of Repetitionby Jason Kandybowicz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    Displacement is a fundamental property of grammar. Typically, when an occurrence moves it is pronounced in only one environment. This was previously viewed as a primitive/irreducible property of grammar. Recent work, however, suggests that it follows from principled interactions between the syntactic and phonological components of grammar. As such,... more...

  • Coding Participant Markingby Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    Whereas Africa as a typological area is often associated with extensive verb morphology and verb serialization, this collection of studies shows that there is tremendous typological diversity at the clausal level. Verb serialization in the Khoisan area contrasts with extensive case-marking in languages of northeastern Africa, which also use converbs... more...

  • Intonation Units in Japanese Conversationby Kazuko Matsumoto

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 158.00

    This book explores how speakers of Japanese organize their messages into coherent units as they jointly and interactively construct conversational discourse. Specifically, it investigates the syntactic, informational, and functional structures of intonation units (IUs) as basic units of discourse production and information flow in spoken communication.... more...

  • An Introduction to African Languagesby G. Tucker Childs

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 188.00

    This book introduces beginning students and non-specialists to the diversity and richness of African languages. In addition to providing a solid background to the study of African languages, the book presents linguistic phenomena not found in European languages. A goal of this book is to stimulate interest in African languages and address the question:... more...