Discourse and Word Order
Integrating various aspects of human communication traditionally treated in a number of separate disciplines, Olga T. Yokoyama develops a universal model of the smallest unit of informational discourse, and uncovers the regularities that govern the intentional verbal transfer of knowledge from one interlocutor to another. The author then places these processes within a new framework of Communicational Competence, which legitimizes certain nebulous but important linguistic phenomena hitherto caught in a noman's land between the formal and functional approaches to language. Russian word order, a classical problem of Slavic linguistics, is subjected to a rigorous examination within this theoretical framework; Yokoyama demonstrates how this "free word order language" can only be described by taking into account such generally neglected factors as the speakers' subjectivity and attitude. Of particular interest to Slavists is a new generative theory of Russian intonation, which is consistently incorporated into the description of Russian word order.
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PART ONE A MODEL OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSACTIONS
CHAPTER ONE FOUR SETS OF KNOWLEDGE IN CONTACT
CHAPTER TWO THE PROCEDURES FOR KNOWLEDGE TRANSACTIONS
CHAPTER THREE DISCOURSEINITIAL UTTERANCES
CHAPTER FOUR NONDISCOURSEINITIAL UTTERANCES
CHAPTER FIVE GRAMMAR AND PRAGMATICS
PART TWO RUSSIAN WORD ORDER
CHAPTER SIX HISTORY AND PRELIMINARIES
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A's utterance acceptable addressee addressee's animacy answer assessment error assume B's knowledge set Ca∩Cb Ca◠Cb chapter com con contour current concern deaccented DEIXIS difference dis discourse situation discourse-initial utterances downstep edge effusions encoded èto example existential knowledge fact factors formal found in Ca⋂Cb happen to Jane his/her implied indefinite pronoun inter interlocutors intersection intonational center involved items found items located Jane Smith kinds of knowledge knowl knowledge item knowledge transaction linguistic logical stress metinformational knowledge modal non-discourse-initial noun object obligatory oscillograph person directives personal Empathy phonemic phrase accent pragmatic preceding utterance predicational knowledge preposed pronoun propositional knowledge propositional questions referent referential items referential knowledge relevant relocated rheme Russian word order s/he scope semantic sentence sentential stress shared speaker specificational knowledge statements syntagm tion toze Type I intonation unspecified utterance-final utterance-initial position uttered with Type verb voluntary contribution Wh-questions Wh-word you-n