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Grammars of Space


  • Page extent: 640 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.01 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521671781 | ISBN-10: 0521671787)

Spatial language - that is, the way languages structure the spatial domain – is an important area of research, offering insights into one of the most central areas of human cognition. In this collection, a team of leading scholars review the spatial domain across a wide variety of languages. Contrary to existing assumptions, they show that there is great variation in the way space is conceptually structured across languages, thus substantiating the controversial question of how far the foundations of human cognition are innate. Grammars of Space is a supplement to the psychological information provided in its companion volume, Space in Language and Cognition. It represents a new kind of work in linguistics, 'Semantic Typology', which asks what are the semantic parameters used to structure particular semantic fields. Comprehensive and informative, it will be essential reading for those working on comparative linguistics, spatial cognition, and the interface between them.

• Studies semantic differences across a wide range of languages • Presents alternative methods in linguistic typology • Contributes to a major area of research


List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Preface; 1. The background to the study of the language of space Stephen C. Levinson and David P. Wilkins; 2. Towards an Arrernte grammar of space David P. Wilkins; 3. Sketch of a Jaminjung grammar of space Eva Schultze-Berndt; 4. Prolegomenon to a Warrwa grammar of space William B. McGregor; 5. The language of space in Yélî Dnye Stephen C. Levinson; 6. Prolegomena to a Kilivila grammar of space Gunter Senft; 7. A sketch of the grammar of space in Tzeltal Penelope Brown; 8. Spatial reference in Yukatek Maya: a survey Jürgen Bohnemeyer and Christel Stolz; 9. Approaching space in Tiriyó grammar Sérgio Meira; 10. Elements of the grammar of space in Ewe Felix K. Ameka and James Essegbey; 11. Spatial language in Tamil Eric Pederson; 12. A grammar of space in Japanese Sotaro Kita; 13. Some properties of spatial description in Dutch Miriam van Staden, Melissa Bowerman and Mariet Verhelst; 14. Patterns in the data: towards a semantic typology of spatial description Stephen C. Levinson and David P. Wilkins; Appendices; References; Author index; Language/language family index; Subject index.


Stephen C. Levinson, David P. Wilkins, Eva Schultze-Berndt, William B. McGregor, Gunter Senft, Penelope Brown, Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Christel Stolz, Sérgio Meira, Felix K. Ameka, James Essegbey, Eric Pederson, Sotaro Kita, Miriam van Staden, Melissa Bowerman, Mariet Verhelst

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