Constructions of Intersubjectivity: Discourse, Syntax, and Cognition

Paperback | June 28, 2007

byArie Verhagen

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Constructions of Intersubjectivity shows that the meaning of grammatical constructions often has more to do with the human cognitive capacity for taking other peoples' points of view than with describing the world. Treating pragmatics, semantics, and syntax in parallel and integrating insightsfrom linguistics, psychology, and studies in animal behaviour, Arie Verhagen develops a new understanding of linguistic communication. In doing so he shows the continuity between language and animal communication and reveals the nature of human linguistic specialization. Professor Verhagen uses Dutch and English data from a wide variety of sources and considers the contributions of grammar to the coherence of discourse. He argues that important problems in semantics and syntax may be resolved if language is understood as an instrument for exerting influence andcoordinating different perspectives. The grammatical phenomena he discusses include negative expressions, the let alone construction, complementation constructions, and discourse connectives.This powerfully argued and original explanation of the nature and operation of communication will interest a wide range of scholars and advanced students in linguistics, cognitive science, and human evolution.

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Constructions of Intersubjectivity shows that the meaning of grammatical constructions often has more to do with the human cognitive capacity for taking other peoples' points of view than with describing the world. Treating pragmatics, semantics, and syntax in parallel and integrating insightsfrom linguistics, psychology, and studies i...

Arie Verhagen has been the chair of Dutch Linguistics at the University of Leiden since 1998. He received his PhD in 1986 at the Free University in Amsterdam and has taught at the Free University, Utrecht University, and the University of Leiden. His books include Linguistic Theory and the Function of Word Order in Dutch (1986) and Us...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:June 28, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Intersubjectivity - Mutual Management of Cognitive States2. Negation and Virtual Argumentation3. Finite Complements - Putting Conceptualizers on Stage4. Discourse Connections - Managing Inferences Across Perspectives5. Concluding RemarksReferencesIndex

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`Verhagens book is a welcome contribution to the study of intersubjective aspects of linguistic meaning. Through a careful investigation of negation, complementation, and discourse connections, the author clearly demonstrates that subjectivity, discourse management, and argumentativeorientation are pervasive and fundamentally important, even in what are considered core areas of grammar. Linguists of all persuasions can profit from this volume.'Ronald W. Langacker, University of California, San Diego