Coordination Relations in the Languages of Europe and Beyond by Mauri, Caterina

By Mauri, Caterina

This booklet examines the coding of the 3 coordination relatives of mixture, distinction and replacement among states of affairs at the foundation of a seventy four language pattern, with distinct concentrate on the languages spoken in Europe. It constitutes the 1st systematic inquiry up to now performed at the cross-linguistic coding of coordination, as outlined in cognitive and pragmatic phrases. This examine exhibits that the 'and-but-or' coding method that's ordinary of Central-Western Europe seems to be super infrequent open air Europe, the place a superb version within the coding of coordination is attested. This cross-linguistic version, even if, isn't really random, yet is crucially limited by way of the interplay of monetary rules with the semantic houses of the person relatives expressed. A fine-grained sensible systematization of coordination is proposed and defined through implicational styles and semantic maps. This paintings brings jointly a large cross-linguistic standpoint and an in depth semantic research, principally in keeping with new and similar information amassed via questionnaires, all available within the appendix of the ebook. It represents the 1st systematic test in the direction of a unified typology of coordination kin.

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Data on these sub-relations is not easy to find across languages, either because grammatical descriptions often look for equivalents of the English connectives and, or and but, without taking into account different and more subtle distinctions, or, which is even worse, associate the term coordination 12 Theoretical foundations: the notion of coordination solely to the combination relation, thus restricting the analysis to conjunction. In those cases, it is necessary to search for revealing examples throughout the whole grammar by using an inductive method.

A language sample of 100 languages, by contrast, could hardly reach a deep level of analysis for every language examined, but could reveal regular patterns of cross-linguistic variation which might turn out to be universal. On the other hand, the language sample is a crucial aspect for this work in that it determines not only the aims, but also the overall structure of the analysis, as will be made clear in the following sections. The aim of this research is to uncover the mechanisms underlying the coding of the coordination relations established between two states of affairs.

Langacker’s analysis focuses on the cognitive organization of coordination relations, which are ‘analyzed as having not just one profile, but two or more separate and co-equals profiles representing the same basic class’ (Langacker 1987a: 472). 20). He builds his theory starting from the English language and does not attempt any cross-linguistic comparison. Furthermore, he does not give any independent evidence for the identification of co-equal autonomous profiles independently of the morphosyntactic level.

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