LINGUIST List 13.3111

Tue Nov 26 2002

Books: Syntax: Lehmann, Shin, Verhoeven

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Message 1: Person prominence and relation prominence

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 12:17:24 +0000
Subject: Person prominence and relation prominence

Title: Person prominence and relation prominence
Subtitle: On the typology of syntactic relations with special
	 reference to Yucatec Maya
Series Title: Lincom Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 17
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Lincom Europa
Author: Christian Lehmann 
Author: Yong-Min Shin 
Author: Elisabeth Verhoeven 

Hardback: ISBN: 3895866083, Pages: 150, Price: USD 46.70 / EUR 49.60 /
	 GBP 29.70
Comment: (2nd edition)
Two types of syntactic structures are postulated, one of person
prominence, which is present in Standard Average European (SAE)
languages, following Benjamin L. Whorf's term, and one of relation
prominence, which is present in Yucatec Maya. The diverse structural
manifestations of the two types and their implications for the
organization of grammar are explored within eight mostly unrelated
languages, English, German, Korean, Lezgian, Maori, Samoan, Tamil, and
Yucatec Maya. The syntactic organization in different grammatical
areas, namely modal and phase operator constructions, possessive
constructions, experiential constructions, and benefactive
constructions, is investigated and the languages are arranged on a
continuum of person and relation prominence.The study is intended for
typologists, descriptive linguists and mayanists, but may as well be
of interest to philologists of any of the other languages.

Christian Lehmann is professor for general and comparative linguistics
at the University of Erfurt. He mainly attends to the study of
language typology and the description of Yucatec Maya. Yong-Min Shin
is writing his dissertation thesis on 'Possessive and participant
relations in German and Korean' at the University of
Bielefeld. Elisabeth Verhoeven is writing her thesis on 'Experiencer
constructions in Yucatec Maya' at the same University.
Lingfield(s): Syntax,
Subject Language(s): Itz´┐Ż (Language Code: ITZ)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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