Linguistic Foundations of Narration in Spoken and Sign Languages

| University of Göttingen
| University of Göttingen
ISBN 9789027200877 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263988 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
In recent years, the focus of linguistic research has shifted from sentence to larger units such as text and discourse and accordingly from syntax to semantics and pragmatics. This has led to the development and application of corresponding discourse semantic and pragmatic theories such as, for instance, (S)DRT, Centering Theory, Accessibility Theory, QUD, Generalized Conversational Implicatures, Super Monsters and Gesture Semantics and new empirical approaches in the framework of experimental semantics and pragmatics or corpus linguistic discourse analysis. The contributions to this collected volume build on these developments and investigate the linguistic foundations of narration from various perspectives. The contributions address topics such as speech and thought representation, free indirect speech, information structure, anaphora resolution, co-speech gestures, classifier constructions as well as role shift and constructed action. The volume provides new insights in the linguistic structures underlying narration in written, spoken, and sign languages from an experimental, developmental, historical, typological, and theoretical perspective. The contributions will appeal to theoretical linguists, sign language linguists, typologists, literary scholars, psycholinguists, and philosophers.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 247]  2018.  xii, 311 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
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Approaching narration across modalities: Topics, methods, perspectives
Annika Hübl and Markus Steinbach
A new technique for analyzing narrative prosodic effects in sign languages using motion capture technology
Ronnie B. Wilbur and Evie Malaia
Language structure and principles of information organization: An analysis of retellings in Japanese, German, and L2 Japanese
Naoko Tomita
Texts as answers to questions: Information structure and its grammatical underpinnings in narratives and descriptions in German and English (topic and anaphoric linkage)
Christiane von Stutterheim and Mary Carroll
Discourse prominence and the selection of anaphora – evidence from pronouns in historical German
Svetlana Petrova
A centering theoretic account for the changing usage of anaphoric expressions in the history of German
Augustin Speyer
On the processing of Free Indirect Discourse: First results and methodological challenges
Susanna Salem, Thomas Weskott and Anke Holler
What is a Narration – and why does it matter?
Sonja Zeman
Reporting vs. pretending. Degrees of identification in role play and reported speech
Franziska Köder
Ways of expressing action in multimodal narrations – the semiotic complexity of character viewpoint depictions
Jana Bressem, Silva H. Ladewig and Cornelia Müller
Nominal referential values of semantic classifiers and role shift in signed narratives
Gemma Barberà and Josep Quer
Between narrator and protagonist in fables of German Sign Language
Annika Herrmann and Nina-Kristin Pendzich
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics