Animacy and Reference: A Cognitive Approach to Corpus Linguistics

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 What is Animacy?
9
CHAPTER 2 What Does Animacy Do to Human Language?
41
With Reference to the Distinction between Singularity an
73
CHAPTER 4 Degree of Individuation and Encoding of Animacy
131
Their Expression and Suppression
147
Some Achievements Further Prospects and Implications
177
References
183
Lists of HumanAnimate Noun Phrases in Corpus
197
Index
269
STUDIES IN LANGUAGE COMPANION SERIES SLCS
279
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