Contrastive Analysis in Language: Identifying Linguistic by Dominique Willems, Bart Defrancq, Timothy Collerman, Dirk

By Dominique Willems, Bart Defrancq, Timothy Collerman, Dirk Noel

It is a ebook approximately comparability in linguistics as a rule, instead of "contrastive research" as a special department of linguistics. It addresses the query "Does the analytical gear utilized by linguists let comparisons to be made throughout languages?" 4 significant domain names are thought of in flip: derivational morphology, syntax, semantics & pragmatics, and discourse. Contributions disguise a vast spectrum of linguistic disciplines, starting from contrastive linguistics and linguistic typology to translation stories and old linguistics.

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It goes without saying, of course, that polysemy should never be postulated without language-internal evidence and analysis. As an example of such evidence, consider the situation with Samoan (Mosel 1994), in which the verb fai can express two meanings – SAY and DO. The two meanings are associated with different morphosyntactic properties. Fai SAY is a non-ergative verb, selecting an absolutive subject, as in (11a) and (11b): (11a) Ona toe fai atu lea ‘o le fafine, ‘Se … then again say DIR then ABS the woman friend Then the woman said again, ‘Friend, … ’ (Mosel 1987: 459) (11b) Na e fai mai au you say hither PERF You said he has died?

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