Qualitative-Quantitative Analyses of Dutch and Afrikaans Grammar and Lexicon

Robert S. Kirsner | University of California, Los Angeles
ISBN 9789027215772 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027271044 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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Sharing certain assumptions but differing in theory and practice, both Columbia School linguistics (CS) and Cognitive Grammar (CG) have increasingly supported their analyses with quantitative evidence. Citation of individual sentences, in isolation or in context, has been supplemented with counts of linguistic forms in texts, informant questionnaires, and perception tests. The present volume, continuing a dialogue between CS and CG, offers six such qualitative-quantitative studies, one on Afrikaans and five on Dutch. Topics include (a) demonstratives, (b) pragmatic particles and imperatives, (c) a puzzling “dismissive” idiom, (d) progressive aspect, and (e) indirect objects. While CS is better suited for analyzing relatively closed systems (e.g. tense, pronouns), CG provides more insight into the vagaries of the amorphous lexicon. The author also offers personal remarks on “linguistics as a path” and discusses how in one case a wrong prediction reflects his dual role as both linguist and student of Dutch as a foreign language.
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“Professor Kirsner combines the perceptive amazement of a non-native speaker with analytic skills fed by the Columbia School of linguistics, by Californian functionalism, and by Cognitive Grammar. The result is a fascinating series of studies on Dutch and Afrikaans: aspects of the grammar that seem obvious to the native speaker turn out to be puzzles on closer scrutiny - but in Kirsner's able hands, they do come with a solution.”
“Are linguistic items typically monosemous or rather polysemous? Do lexical items and grammatical constructions behave the same or differently in this respect? And how can quantitative analysis of utterance data help decide such questions? In this book, Kirsner analyzes Dutch and Afrikaans demonstrative pronouns, Dutch modal particles and imperative and progressive constructions as test cases for these theoretical and methodological questions, and reflects on the implications of his findings for theoretical models like Columbia School and Cognitive Grammar. The present volume provides an inspiring insight in Kirsner’s life long fascination with languages, linguistic theories and methodological dilemmas.”
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de Hoop, Helen & Gijs Mulder
2022. Claiming common ground with utterance-final particle hoor in Dutch. Linguistics in the Netherlands 39  pp. 88 ff. DOI logo
Kirsner, Robert S.
2014. Doing grammatical semantics as if it were phonetics. In Above and Beyond the Segments,  pp. 165 ff. DOI logo
Lin, Lin
2020. Introduction. In The German Demonstratives [Peking University Linguistics Research, 2],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
van Rooy, Bertus & Haidee Kruger
2016. The innovative progressive aspect of Black South African English. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research 2:2  pp. 205 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013031135 | Marc record