By June Luchjenbroers

ISBN-10: 9027223688

ISBN-13: 9789027223685

ISBN-10: 9027293775

ISBN-13: 9789027293770

The full physique of papers awarded during this quantity captures study throughout quite a few languages and language teams, to teach how specific components of linguistic description draw on another way separate points (or fields) of linguistic research. As such, this quantity captures a range of study curiosity from the sector of cognitive linguistics. those parts contain: lexical semantics, cognitive grammar, metaphor, prototypes, pragmatics, narrative and discourse, computational and translation versions; and are thought of in the contexts of: language switch, baby language acquisition, language and tradition, grammatical gains and be aware order and gesture. regardless of attainable alterations in philosophical method of the function of language in cognitive initiatives, those papers are comparable in a primary method: all of them proportion a dedication to the view that human categorization comprises psychological options that experience fuzzy barriers and are culturally and situation-based.

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The approach pursued here resembles that of Anna Wierzbicka in that her cultural scripts are something like scenarios (Wierzbicka 1996, 1997; Palmer 2000). However, unlike Wierzbicka, I do not reduce scenarios to statements composed of a small set of semantic primes arranged according to the rules of a semantic metalanguage. I take scenarios to be gestalts or constructions built up from lower-level scenarios and event-schemas. Discourse scenarios and discursives The discourse-relevant content of forms and constructions is not always obvious.

1. The spirits of ancestral chiefs live in the bodies of lions (mhondoro). 2. The chiefly ancestral spirits (mhondoro) reign over both the things of the wild and human affairs. They are the protectors of the land and the wild animals. 10. There is a scenario of protection in which the central participants are dominating protectors, protected ones, and the victims of domination. 11. There is ritual danger, stemming mainly from foreign ancestors with grievances or from contact with the paraphernalia of mediums.

Currently, conclusions regarding the motivations for particular classifications are largely a matter of interpretation based on familiarity with the culture gained through participant observation or reading of ethnographies. One could devise tests that would manipulate the salience of criteria and observe the assignments of nominal participants to categories, but such tests may not reproduce the motivations presented by naturally occurring discourse. Nevertheless, in the event that such tests are undertaken, two hypotheses are suggested: 1 Reassignments will be more likely to occur where a domain which is inherent in both the semantics of the nominal root and in an alternative classifier is saliently evoked by the discourse situation.

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