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  • 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...

  • Austronesian and Theoretical Linguisticsby Raphael Mercado; Eric Potsdam; Lisa deMena Travis

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    The Austronesian language family is the largest language family in the world, yet its members are relatively little studied, particularly from a formal perspective. Interestingly, because these languages exhibit typologically unusual properties, they pose important challenges to linguistic theory. Any theory that postulates a grammar that is common... 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...

  • The Expression of Information Structureby Ines Fiedler; Anne Schwarz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This book analyzes the different patterns found across subsaharan Africa to express information structure. Based on languages from all four African language phyla, it documents the great diversity of linguistic means used to encode information-structural phenomena and is therefore highly relevant for some of the most pertinent questions in modern linguistic... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Japanese Discourse Markersby Noriko O. Onodera

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 165.00

    This book is one of the pioneering historical pragmatic studies of Japanese. It closely illustrates the usage and contributions of some Japanese discourse markers, and reveals their developmental history. The section on Synchronic Analysis explores the previously uninvestigated functions of some discourse markers used in Present Day Japanese. Moment... more...

  • Joint Utterance Construction in Japanese Conversationby Makoto Hayashi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 165.00

    This book focuses on how participants in Japanese conversation negotiate and achieve joint courses of action within a single turn at talk. Using the methodology of Conversation Analysis as a central framework, this book describes in detail the structures and procedures used by Japanese speakers to jointly produce a coherent grammatical unit-in-progress,... more...