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Demonstratives in Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Part of Language Culture and Cognition

Stephen C. Levinson, David P. Wilkins, Nick Enfield, Sarah Cutfield, Sergio Meira, Raquel Guirardello-Damian, Birgit Hellwig, Penelope Brown, Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Angela Terrill, Anna Margetts, Stefanie Herrmann, Michael Dunn, Miriam van Staden, Niclas Burenhult
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  • Date Published: June 2018
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  • Demonstratives play a crucial role in the acquisition and use of language. Bringing together a team of leading scholars this detailed study, a first of its kind, explores meaning and use across fifteen typologically and geographically unrelated languages to find out what cross-linguistic comparisons and generalizations can be made, and how this might challenge current theory in linguistics, psychology, anthropology and philosophy. Using a shared experimental task, rounded out with studies of natural language use, specialists in each of the languages undertook extensive fieldwork for this comparative study of semantics and usage. An introduction summarizes the shared patterns and divergences in meaning and use that emerge.

    • Offers a 'do-it-yourself' manual for comparative field work, which will be useful for advanced courses in semantics, pragmatics and language documentation
    • Takes into account the latest research from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience and gesture studies
    • Provides a comparative tool that can be run in any field, allowing scholars to follow up on the studies present and in other languages
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    'Reporting on demonstratives in fifteen nearly all unrelated and 'exotic' languages, each language is studied with an identical, interactive elicitation technique, resulting in very detail language-specific descriptions as well as a typological sketch of the key parameters of variation. Even if readers already know that there is much more to this, that and the other than a proximal verus distal distinction, this book is a must.' Johan van der Auwera, Universiteit Antwerpen

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    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108342599
    • contains: 47 b/w illus. 69 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: demonstratives – patterns in diversity Stephen C. Levinson
    1. The demonstrative questionnaire: 'this' and 'that' in comparative perspective David P. Wilkins
    2. Lao demonstrative determiners nii4 and nan4 – An intentionally discrete distinction for extensionally analogue space Nick Enfield
    3. Dalabon exophoric uses of demonstratives Sarah Cutfield
    4. Brazilian Portuguese – non-contrastive exophoric use of demonstratives in the spoken language Sergio Meira and Raquel Guirardello-Damian
    5. 'See this sitting one' – demonstratives and deictic classifiers in Goemai Birgit Hellwig
    6. Tzeltal – the demonstrative system Penelope Brown and Stephen C. Levinson
    7. Yucatec demonstratives in interaction: spontaneous vs. elicited data Jürgen Bohnemeyer
    8. Lavukaleve – exophoric usage of demonstratives Angela Terrill
    9. Tiriyó – non-contrastive exophoric uses of demonstratives Sergio Meira
    10. Trumai – non-contrastive exophoric uses of demonstratives Raquel Guirardello-Damian
    11. Saliba – Exophoric demonstratives Anna Margetts
    12. Warao demonstratives Stefanie Herrmann
    13. Chukchi – non-contrastive spatial demonstrative usage Michael Dunn
    14. Yélî Dnye – demonstratives in the language of Rossel Island, Papua New Guinea Stephen C. Levinson
    15. Tidore – non-contrastive demonstratives Miriam van Staden
    16. The Jahai multi-term demonstrative system – what's spatial about it? Niclas Burenhult.

  • Editors

    Stephen C. Levinson, Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, The Netherlands
    Stephen C. Levinson is co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and Professor of Comparative Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen. His research focusses on language diversity and its implications for theories of human cognition. He is the author of over 300 publications.

    Sarah Cutfield, Australian National University, Canberra
    Sarah Cutfield is Visiting Fellow, Linguistics at the Australian National University. Her specialties are descriptive and typological linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language documentation, Australian Aboriginal languages, creole languages, language ideology and identity.

    Michael J. Dunn, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
    Michael J. Dunn is Professor of General Linguistics at Uppsala Universitet, Sweden since 2014. His academic background is in language description, linguistic typology, and phylogenetics, and his current research focus is on the evolutionary dynamics of language change.

    N. J. Enfield, University of Sydney
    N. J. Enfield is Professor of Linguistics at The University of Sydney. He is head of a Research Excellence Initiative on The Crisis of Post-Truth Discourse. His research on language, culture, cognition and social life is based on long term field work in mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos.

    Sérgio Meira, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi
    Sérgio Meira is a researcher at Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Bélem. He specializes in the Cariban and Tupian language families of lowland South America and in the Tiriyó language in particular.

    Contributors

    Stephen C. Levinson, David P. Wilkins, Nick Enfield, Sarah Cutfield, Sergio Meira, Raquel Guirardello-Damian, Birgit Hellwig, Penelope Brown, Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Angela Terrill, Anna Margetts, Stefanie Herrmann, Michael Dunn, Miriam van Staden, Niclas Burenhult

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