Sophia A. Malamud
smalamud at brandeis.edu
Fri Jun 19 17:07:12 UTC 2009
The first thing that comes to mind is Betty Birner's work:
1996. Birner, B. *The Discourse Function of Inversion in
English.*Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics. NY: Garland
Betty's subsequent work is also quite relevant and very good; it's listed in
her CV at http://www.engl.niu.edu/bbirner/vita.html
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> From: "Thomas E. Payne" <tpayne at uoregon.edu>
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> Can someone please remind me of research on the discourse functions of
> "subject-complement inversion" constructions in English? These are clauses
> like the following:
> Behind the counter crouched the thief.
> Up jumped the rabbit.
> Around the corner came the train.
> Under the bed scurried the cat.
> The best rider on the team is Marilyn.
> Great is thy faithfulness.
> In the kitchen is Mrs. Jones.
> On the wall hangs a portrait of Churchill.
> I don't mean "subject-object inversion" in utterance predicates. Neither
> existential/presentational constructions with "existential 'there'".
> Thanks so much for references to relevant (preferably recent) literature.
> Tom Payne
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> From: jess tauber <phonosemantics at earthlink.net>
> Subject: [FUNKNET] Mirativity vs. Evidentiality?
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> I've been reading Dixon/Aikhenvald's first volume of papers on
> evidentiality and have just learned of the existance of mirativity- so now I
> have a name I can put on the Yahgan suffix -ara with that function. However,
> it seems there is some issue over whether mirativity is properly part of the
> system of evidentiality generally.
> Has any consensus begun to form yet as to the relation here? Thanks.
> Jess Tauber
> phonosemantics at earthlink.net
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