By Johannes Helmbrecht, Stavros Skopeteas, Yong-Min Shin, Elisabeth Verhoeven

ISBN-10: 3110216124

ISBN-13: 9783110216127

Language description enriches linguistic thought and linguistic idea sharpens language description. in response to this assumption, the quantity offers theoretical and empirical reviews that discover the explanatory energy of functional-typological linguistics for the research of the world's languages.

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The destruction of Carthage had far reaching consequences. Destruction is an activity and at the same time a result. There is thus a continuum from maximally filled places to unfilled ones. The scale has its correlate on the meaning side (a) exhibits maximal semanticity by construing the thing via a maximum of information. (b) occupies an intermediate position. In (c) semanticity is weakened. This kind of construction is typical for definitions and thus exhibits a metalinguistic component. As for use, (a) and (b) in their semanticity are the normal case, whereas (c) with its metalinguistic component is recessive.

The places for arguments belonging to a nominalized predicate can be filled with NPs or they can be left empty: (10) a. b. c. C. had far reaching consequences. The destruction of Carthage had far reaching consequences. Destruction is an activity and at the same time a result. There is thus a continuum from maximally filled places to unfilled ones. The scale has its correlate on the meaning side (a) exhibits maximal semanticity by construing the thing via a maximum of information. (b) occupies an intermediate position.

A last and rather important issue, only very briefly touched upon above, is the status of our weightings. On the one hand they may be interpreted statically, as an indication of the amount of information the three types of person markers provide with respect to the intended referent. However, we assume that this is a minor function at best, and mainly a remainder of their typical nominal origin. e. as a reference tracking device, helping the hearer to identify the relevant discourse referents. In that sense, the respective (accumulated) weights could be a measure for the ease of processing.

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