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  • Do psychological constructions in Persian involve complex predicates? 

    Sedighi, Anousha (2009-02-11)
    Constructions introduced in this work have been introduced as Impersonal/Subject-less in the Persian literature involving compound verbs. I explore them from the point of view of Psychological constructions and show that ...
  • Prototypes and hyperspeech: Where are they in the grammar? 

    Välimaa-Blum, Riitta (2009-02-11)
    If languages are fundamentally symbolic systems, as it is assumed in cognitive linguistics, then it follows that what speakers learn in the course of language acquisition are symbolic systems. It is not unequivocally ...
  • Cognition, categorization and language: Cognitive Grammar meets Vantage Theory 

    Głaz, Adam (2009-02-11)
    Cognitive linguistics becomes more credible if it gains support from independent research on cognition. The study juxtaposes a cognitive linguistic model, Ronald W. Langacker's Cognitive Grammar (CG), with a model of ...
  • Homorganic NC sequences in Kibena: Pre-nasalized consonants, consonant clusters, or something else? 

    Morrison, Michelle (2009-02-11)
    In Bantu linguistics, one topic of great debate concerns the segmental status of homorganic NC sequences. Traditionally, on the basis of durational properties, the phonological behavior of such segments, and native speaker ...
  • The typology of motion verbs in Northern Vietnamese 

    Pace, Cassandra (2009-02-11)
    Talmy's (1985) seminal work on motion verbs categorized languages as either verb-framed or satellite-framed depending on how the core schema 'motion' is mapped onto an expression. However, Vietnamese has motion verbs that ...
  • Diachrony of complex predicates in Japanese 

    Lanz, Linda A. (2009-02-11)
    This paper examines two types of complex predicates in Japanese from a diachronic perspective. The two-fold purpose is bring more diachronic data into the dialogue on complex predicates and to evaluate the claim by Butt ...
  • The syntax of hybrid verb/affix lexemes and clause fusion in Hiaki (Yaqui) 

    Haugen, Jason; Harley, Heidi; Tubino Blanco, Mercedes (2009-02-11)
    We argue that verb/affix hybrids in Hiaki (Yaqui) are subject to the same conditions on clause fusion (Rude 1996) as 'pure' affixal verbs in spite of their different distributional behavior. We show that all verbs involved ...
  • Applicative constructions and suppletive verbs in Hiaki 

    Haugen, Jason; Tubino Blanco, Mercedes; Harley, Heidi (2009-02-11)
    Several intransitive verbs of motion or posture in Hiaki exhibit verb-stem suppletion conditioned by the number of the subject. There are also a few suppletive transitive verbs conditioned by the number of the object. We ...
  • Negation in Metta 

    Mihas, Elena (2009-02-11)
    Recent typological studies of clausal negation not only focus on the basic standard negation strategies that languages use to negate declarative verbal main clauses but also discuss typology of asymmetric negation in ...
  • Reported speech and thought in Kavalan 

    Jiang, Haowen (2009-02-11)
    One of the amazing characteristics of human language is self-reference, that is, referring to itself by means of itself. This language-with-language phenomenon is most evident in reported discourse, where speech, thought, ...
  • Scoring a hat trick: Nation, football, and critical discourse analysis 

    Georgalou, Mariza (2009-02-11)
    Media sport constitutes a significant arena within which discourses about national identities are continually articulated (Blain et al. 1993). This study analyses the football commentaries of the matches in which the Greek ...
  • Contrastive rhetoric of English and Persian written texts: Metadiscourse in applied linguistics research articles 

    Rahimpour, Sepideh; Faghih, Esmail (2009-02-11)
    The present study examines a corpus of ninety discussion sections of applied linguistics research articles, with the goal of analyzing different aspects of academic written discourse. Three types of texts were considered: ...
  • Here's a structure that's not so simple: Revisiting the acquisition of relative clauses 

    Duffield, Cecily Jill (2009-02-11)
    This study revisits the construction-based incremental account of relative clause acquisition presented in Diessel and Tomasello (2005) by reexamining the subset of presentational relative constructions (PRCs) from their ...
  • Defining complexity: Historical reconstruction and Nyulnyulan subordination 

    Bowern, Claire (2009-02-11)
    I use data from subordination strategies in Nyulnyulan languages (Non-Pama-Nyungan, Northern Australia) in order to investigate various alternative means of defining and quantifying 'complexity'. While Edmonds (1999) defines ...
  • Narrative and past habitual sequences in Hausa 

    Abdoulaye, Mahamane L. (2009-02-11)
    Based on the overall properties of narratives, Wald (1987) has proposed that past habitual sequences are conflated narratives and are only minimally different from single-event sequences. The aim of this paper is to test ...
  • volume 1 front matter 

    Rice Linguistics Society (2009-02-11)