English Inversion - Chen, Rong
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The book provides an account of English inversion, a construction that displays perplexing idiosyncrasies at the level of semantics, phonology, syntax, and pragmatics. Basing his central argument on the claim that inversion is a linguistic representation of a Ground-before-Figure model, the author develops an elegant solution to a hitherto unsolved multidimensional linguistic puzzle and, in the process, supports the theoretical position that a cognitive approach best suits the multidimensionality of language itself. Engagingly written, the book will appeal to linguists of all persuasions and…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The book provides an account of English inversion, a construction that displays perplexing idiosyncrasies at the level of semantics, phonology, syntax, and pragmatics. Basing his central argument on the claim that inversion is a linguistic representation of a Ground-before-Figure model, the author develops an elegant solution to a hitherto unsolved multidimensional linguistic puzzle and, in the process, supports the theoretical position that a cognitive approach best suits the multidimensionality of language itself. Engagingly written, the book will appeal to linguists of all persuasions and to any reader curious about the relationship between language and cognition.
  • Produktdetails
  • Cognitive Linguistics Research [CLR] 25
  • Verlag: De Gruyter / De Gruyter Mouton
  • Reprint 2013
  • Seitenzahl: 348
  • Erscheinungstermin: 19. Juni 2003
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 160mm x 23mm
  • Gewicht: 616g
  • ISBN-13: 9783110178104
  • ISBN-10: 3110178109
  • Artikelnr.: 11928441
Autorenporträt
Rong Chen is Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, USA.
Inhaltsangabe
Chapter 1: Preliminaries 1. Issues of inversion1.1. Types of inversion1.2. Peculiarities of inversion2. Previous research2.1. Syntactic accounts2.2. Functional accounts2.3. Information packaging: Birner (1996)2.4. Subjectivity and emotivity: Dorgeloh (1997)3. Relevant tenets of cognitive linguistics4. Other issues4.1. Inversion as a construction4.2. Data and judgment of acceptability Chapter 2: Inversion as GbF instantiation 1. The GbF model2. LOC BE: The prototype2.1. LOC BE as the prototype2.2. LOC BE as instantiation of GbF2.3. Variations of LOC BE3. PATH Vm: From existence to motion3.1. PATH Vm: The central type3.2. TEMP Vm: From space to time4. NSPAT BE: From spatiality to nonspatiality5. A radial classification6. The phonology of inversion: A matter of focus6.1. Stress6.2. Intonation7. GbF and information packaging: A comparison Chapter 3: Syntactic constraints 1. Polarity2. Transitivity3. Embeddedness3.1. Previous research3.2. Embeddability3.3. Embedded inversion4. Auxiliaries5. Weight6. Summary Chapter 4: Inversion in discourse 1. Discourse types: A tripartite2. Inversion in description2.1. General discussion2.2. Ground-chaining2.3. Center-linking2.4. Multiple-anchoring2.5. Other approaches3. Inversion in narration4. Inversion in exposition5. Summary6. Inversion in parody Chapter 5: Conclusion 1. Summary2. GbF representation in other languages