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Title Beyond aspect : the expression of discourse functions in African languages / edited by Doris L. Payne, Shahar Shirtz, University of Oregon
Imprint Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2015]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  P302.15.A35 B49 2015    AVAILABLE    30630020089395
Descript vii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Typological Studies in Language (TSL), 0167-7373 ; Volume 109
Typological studies in language ; v. 109
Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes
"Certain grammatical elements help hearers know how propositions are conceptually related: Does a given proposition advance the foregrounded event line, or not? Initiate versus continue an event chain? Indicate that one proposition belongs to a different "mental space" from the previous one? Provide background information? Studies in this volume show that African languages sometimes support, but often refute the idea that perfective aspect or past tense marks the narrative event line. Rather, languages may employ clause level constructions, conjunctions or connectives, tonal melodies on verbs or subjects, specialized auxiliaries, special verb forms and even dependent clause and imperfective aspect forms. Often, correlation of such grammatical elements with the event line is a subcase of a more general function. Analyses in this volume contribute to developing a typology of the expression of discourse functions, a field of research which has so far been minimally addressed from a typological perspective"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: Beyond aspect Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2015] 9789027267870 (DLC) 2015034182
Subject African languages -- Discourse analysis
Discourse analysis
Alt Author Payne, Doris L., 1952- editor
Shirtz, Shahar, editor
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