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Shanghainese is an extremely topic-prominent language with many topic markers in competition with one another, often without any obvious basis for the selection of one topic marker over another. We explore the influence of five variables on the five most frequent topic markers in a corpus of...
Sitting, standing, and lying are common at-rest positions for humans and the verbs which refer to these positions can have a significant role to play in some languages in addition to the basic posture sense. The additional uses of these verbs include locational verbs not restricted to human...
Syntax: Structure, Meaning and Function, henceforth Syntax, is a comprehensive and impressive Statement of a theory of syntax. The authors acknowledge certain components of the theory as being derived from other theories and the work of various individuals, but it is most obviously a development...
The juxtaposition of the terms BENEFACTIVE and MALEFACTIVE in the title of this volume is natural since they are conceptually well paired; at the same time it is thought-provoking, as we are much more accustomed to seeing the term benefactive in grammars than malefactive. In their introductory...
This excellent grammar provides everything (and more!) which one has come to expect of grammars in the Mouton Grammar Library series: maps, a 546-page grammar, 60 pages of transcribed texts, a 164-page Kayardild-English dictionary with illustrations, photographs of language consultants, author...
In their article \"Modality and conversational information\", Groenendijk and Stokhof propose an analysis of modal expressions which contain in their semantic representations one common element—a sentential operator meaning \"is possible\". While their inclusion of conversational information in...
In Section 1 I shall attempt to demonstrate how the need for a transformational rule, Tuni, uniting features under an NP node, rises in a transformational grammar containing a certain type of deletion transformation. Tuni will be investigated further (formally in Section 2, informally in Section...
The creation of the Wenzhou Spoken Corpus, an online searchable corpus of a modern Chinese dialect, presents a number of challenges that are of interest to the corpus linguistic community. We review issues involved with collection of spoken data, its transcription and markup, as well as the...
Eating and drinking are basic acts in ordinary human experience and concepts relating to these acts are sources for metaphorical ways of describing a great variety of events in English and other languages. This paper provides an account of the components of the basic digestive acts and the...
We explore the usage of the cardinal English posture verbs sit, stand, and lie relying on a number of corpora of English with a view towards establishing quantitative and qualitative differences for these search items across relatively small and relatively large corpora. Frequencies of these...