Deixis and Alignment: Inverse systems in indigenous languages of the Americas - Typological Studies in Language 70 (Hardback)
  • Deixis and Alignment: Inverse systems in indigenous languages of the Americas - Typological Studies in Language 70 (Hardback)
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Deixis and Alignment: Inverse systems in indigenous languages of the Americas - Typological Studies in Language 70 (Hardback)

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Hardback 309 Pages / Published: 29/11/2006
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This book proposes a notion of inverse that differs from two widespread positions found in descriptive and typological studies (one of them restrictive and structure-oriented, the other broad and function-centered). This third stance put forward here takes both grammar and pragmatic functions into account, but it also relates the opposition between direct and inverse verbs and clauses to an opposition between deictic values, thereby achieving two advantageous goals: it meaningfully circumvents one of the usual analytic dilemmas, namely whether a given construction is passive or inverse, and it refines our understanding of the cross-linguistic typology of inversion. This framework is applied to the description of the morphosyntax of eleven Amerindian languages (Algonquian: Plains Cree, Miami-Illinois, Ojibwa; Kutenai; Sahaptian: Sahaptin, Nez Perce; Kiowa-Tanoan: Arizona Tewa, PicurA s, Southern Tiwa, Kiowa; Mapudungun).

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
ISBN: 9789027229823
Number of pages: 309
Weight: 710 g
Dimensions: 245 x 164 mm

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