Animacy and Reference: A Cognitive Approach to Corpus Linguistics
The concept of 'animacy' concerns the fundamental and cognitive question of the extent to which we recognize and express living things as saliently human-like or animal-like.
In Animacy and Reference Mutsumi Yamamoto pursues two main objectives: First, to establish a conceptual framework of animacy, and secondly, to explain how the concept of animacy can be reflected in the use of referential expressions. Unlike previous studies on the subject focussing on grammatical manifestations, Animacy and Reference sheds light upon the conceptual properties of animacy itself and its reflection in referential processes.
For the research of this study the author focussed on languages that show completely different tendencies. As a result, English and Japanese 'parallel corpora' are analysed yielding salient observations and opening intriguing discussions.
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CHAPTER 1 What is Animacy?
CHAPTER 2 What Does Animacy Do to Human Language?
With Reference to the Distinction between Singularity an
CHAPTER 4 Degree of Individuation and Encoding of Animacy
Their Expression and Suppression
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Agatha Christie Agent animacy concept Animacy Scale argued Asahi Shinbun boku Carlos central pronouns Chapter characteristics clause cognitive common noun phrases Common NPs concept of animacy corpora deictic deixis discussed ellipsis elliptical empathy encoding English and Japanese English texts example face threatening gradience Grammar Hercule Poirot Hierarchy of Persons inanimate entities Individuation Scale inferred animacy instances Japanese and English Japanese original English Japanese person Japanese texts kanojo(she kare kare(he Kenzo Kiyoko linguistic manifestations means Murayama Murayama Tomiichi Nakamura san Newsweek Non-central pronouns non-human ø(he ø(his ø(they ø(we Orient Express original English translation parallel corpus passive person plural reference person referential expressions person singular reference personal pronouns Poirot Powaro pro-drop languages Quirk reference in Japanese second person pronouns second person reference sensei sentence sentiency shushoo Siewierska singularity and plurality speaker syntactic Table text Number third person pronouns third person reference topic watashi-tachi(we written texts Yukio Mishima