Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia
By (author) N. J. Enfield
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Linguistic Epidemiology by N. J. Enfield
Book DescriptionThis important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese. The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on semantic and grammatical change in a linguistic area, as well as representing theoretical advances in cognitive semantics. Gricean pragmatics, semantic change, grammaticalization, language contact, and areal linguistics. The book also examines how changes in the speech of individuals actually become changes in large-scale public convention, 'language contact' is reconsidered, and traditional distinctions such as that between 'internal' and 'external' linguistic mechanisms are challenged. This groundbreaking new book is for specialists in Southeast Asian linguistics as well as scholars of descriptive semantics and pragmatics, grammaticalisation, linguistic change and evolution, areal linguistics and language contact, history and linguistic anthropology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415297431
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author N. J. Enfield
Utility of Meaning, Hardback (January 2015)
This book argues that the complex, anthropocentric, and often culture-specific meanings of words have been shaped directly by their history of 'utility' for communication in social life, and explores relations between language, communication, culture, and mind. It contains extensive data from the author's fieldwork on language and culture in Laos.
Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology, Hardback (September 2014)
An essential reference guide, this state-of-the-field survey covers a wide range of topics, approaches and theories in linguistic anthropology.
Relationship Thinking, Hardback (December 2013)» View all books by N. J. Enfield
In Relationship Thinking, N. J. Enfield outlines a framework for analyzing social interaction and its linguistic, cultural, and cognitive underpinnings, by putting human relationships front and center.
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