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- DescriptionThis book explores the interaction of grammar and context in human communication. Lutz Marten focuses on verbs and verb phrases: he examines the relationship between language rules and linguistic behaviour, seeking to distinguish between language-specific syntactic kwledge and the general reasoning people need to understand and to make themselves understood. He considers how the component elements of linguistic theory explain what appear to be simple utterances but whose structure is hard to analyse - how, for example, 'Fran is baking Mary a cake in the oven' is different from 'Fran is baking Mary a cake in the kitchen'. The author's account of the interactions of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics is based on extensive observation among contrasting cultures and a variety of languages. He makes important contributions to understanding in all three areas. His book will appeal to linguistic theoreticians of all persuasions.
- Author BiographyLutz Marten has worked and studied in Hamburg, London, and Dar es Salaam. He is currently a Millennium Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he works on the dynamics of interpretation and the relation between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, as well as on the analysis of African languages, especially Swahili.
- Author(s)Lutz Marten
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication17/10/2002
- Series TitleOxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo.4
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight349 g
- Width155 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine12 mm
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