New Books: Faarlund, Collins

Jessica Balaschak promotion at BENJAMINS.COM
Wed Sep 19 18:52:31 UTC 2001

John Benjamins Publishing announces two new works in Functional Linguistics:

Grammatical Relations in Change
Jan Terje Faarlund (ed.)
University of Oslo
Studies in Language Companion Series 56
United States and Canada: 1 58811 034 6 / USD 100.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3058 7 / NLG 220.00 (Hardcover)

The eleven selected contributions making up this volume deal with 
grammatical relations, their coding and behavioral properties, and the 
change that these properties have undergone in different languages. The 
focus of this collection is on the changing properties of subjects and 
objects, although the scope of the volume goes beyond the central problems 
pertaining to case marking and word order. The diachrony of syntactic and 
morphosyntactic phenomena are approached from different theoretical 
perspectives, generative grammar, valency grammar, and functionalism. The 
languages dealt with include Old English, Mainland Scandinavian, Icelandic, 
German and other Germanic languages, Latin, French and other Romance 
languages, Northeast Caucasian, Eskimo, and Popolocan. This book provides 
an opportunity to compare different theoretical approaches to similar 
phenomena in different languages and language families.
Contributions by: Jan Terje Faarlund; Werner Abraham; John Ole Askedal; 
Elly van Gelderen; Alice C. Harris; Lars Heltoft; Alana Johns; D. Gary 
Miller; Muriel Norde; Lene Schøsler; Annette Veerman-Leichsenring.

Reanimated Voices.
Speech reporting in a historical-pragmatic perspective.
Daniel E. Collins
The Ohio State University
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 85
United States and Canada: 1 58811 023 0 / USD 114.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5104 5 / NLG 250.00 (Hardcover)

  Reanimated Voices addresses three activities: reporters evoking speech 
events; interpreters (re)constituting those speech events; and historical 
pragmaticians eavesdropping in time on the reporters and interpreters. Can 
one reconstruct aspects of pragmatic competence on the basis of written 
texts only? Reanimated Voices answers this in the affirmative. It offers a 
methodology for historical-pragmatic reconstruction to explain the 
synchronic patterns of variation in premodern writings.
Reanimated Voices examines the distribution of reporting strategies in a 
corpus of medieval Russian texts. Forms preferred in specific recurring 
contexts are matched with the need(s) served by those contexts - a fit 
reflecting collective intentionality. Occasional “residual forms” 
-strategies that appear in contexts where others predominate- also reflect 
cooperative behavior; they index utterances departing from the prototype or 
unusual configurations of participants. Thus Reanimated Voices explores 
reporting as an activity of rational agents coordinating interpretation in 
accordance with cultural and institutional notions of relevance.

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