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Natural Syntax: Iconicity and Erosion

Haiman, John

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ISBN 10: 0521266416 / ISBN 13: 9780521266413
Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985
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Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 44. Hardcover volume in dust-jacket with superficial marks front and rear. Jacket's edges are lightly worn. Head and foot of spine, of jacket and hardcover, are slightly bumped. Slightly cocked. Name of previous owner (linguistics professor) penned on front pastedown. Contents are sound and clean, and the text is clear. TH. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 269521

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Titel: Natural Syntax: Iconicity and Erosion

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Erscheinungsdatum: 1985

Einband: hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket

Art des Buches: Used

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The view that language is in some way 'arbitrary', that there is no formal relationship between a linguistic message and the thought it is meant to convey, is long established and pervasive. The goal of John Haiman's study is to challenge the monopoly of arbitrariness, which he believes has affected in significant ways many models of linguistic description and analysis, notably those proposed by Saussure and more recently by Chomsky and his associates. Linguistic structures, Dr Hainian claims, may be compared to (non-linguistic) diagrams of our thoughts, and deviate from iconicity in many of the same ways and for much the same reasons as do diagrams in general. Arbitrariness develops as a result of the relatively familiar principles of economy, generalization and association. In relation to this thesis, Dr Haiman considers a wide variety of constructions, including conditionals and interrogatives, gapping, causative structures, auxiliaries and reflexives, and provides a wealth of exemplification from different languages that also points to typological differences in respect of iconicity.

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The goal of John Haiman's study is to challenge the monopoly of arbitrariness, which he believes has affected in significant ways many models of linguistic description and analysis, notably those proposed by Saussure and more recently by Chomsky and his associates.

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