The Paradigmatic Structure of Person Marking

Paperback | January 15, 2009

byMichael Cysouw

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This book explores person markers, the linguistic elements that provide points of reference to speech-act participants. Michael Cysouw develops a new framework for the typology of person marking based on the rejection of the notion of plurality for its analysis. When a mother says "Mummy is going to say goodnight now", Mummy is the person marker in a way that in English is confined to motherese but which is used more commonly in some other languages and may also be characteristic of much earlier forms. Dr Cysouw divides the person markers of 400 languages into paradigms. He considers how the structure of these person paradigms relates to their function. His investigation provides a clear account of how person markers work syntactically, pragmatically, and semantically as well as giving freshinsights into aspects of linguistic change, language-relatedness, and the interfaces between discourse, syntax, and semantics. The combination of a typological and a comparative approach results in the first outline of a cognitive map of the paradigmatic structure of person marking.

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This book explores person markers, the linguistic elements that provide points of reference to speech-act participants. Michael Cysouw develops a new framework for the typology of person marking based on the rejection of the notion of plurality for its analysis. When a mother says "Mummy is going to say goodnight now", Mummy is the per...

Michael Cysouw is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin and affiliated to the Department of English at the Free University of Berlin. He wrote his doctoral dissertation (upon which this book is based) at the Department of General Linguistics of the University of Nijmegen in the...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pagesPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199554269

ISBN - 13:9780199554263

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Objective, Definitions, Method and Some HistoryPart One: Person Marking2. One Among the Crowd: The Marking of Singular Participants3. Group Marking: Redefining Plurality in the Pronominal DomainPart Two: Paradigmatic Structure4. The Diversity of the Core: A Survey of Patterns of Singular and Group Marking5. Compound Pronouns: Other Person Categories DisqualifiedPart Three: Number Incorporated6. Cardinality: Redefining Number in the Pronominal Domain7. The Diversity of Restricted Groups: A Survey of Dual Person MarkingPart Four: Cognate Paradigms8. Connecting Paradigms: Person Paradigms Through Time and Space9. Cognate Paradigms Revisited: Connecting the Dual10. Finale: Summary and ProspectsReferencesList of Languages According to Genetic/Geographical distributionIndex of NamesIndex of LanguagesIndex of Subjects