Discourse Features of Ten Languages of West-Central Africa
Stephen H. Levinsohn
Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1994 - Foreign Language Study - 241 pages
Presents 12 papers on coherence, participant reference, and Relevance Theory in Niger-Congo and Chadic languages of Cameroon. The papers are organized into three sections to explain the linguistic features of Niger-Congo and Chadic languages of Cameroon whose meaning can only be explained by taking into account domains larger than the sentence. Folk tales and other narratives are used to illustrate discourse features of 10 languages from Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, and Zaire. The first section concentrates on how coherence is maintained in a text when the author introduces a local discontinuity. The second section identifies factors which affect the amount of encoding used as a speaker refers to participants throughout a discourse. The third section presents data that applies insights from Relevance Theory. Describes markers of prominence and backgrounding.
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Discontinuities in Coherent Texts
by Stephen H Levinsohn
Preposed Constituents and Discontinuities in Makaa Discourse
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action additive anaphoric assumptions background Bafut Blass Cameroon Chadic languages chief child coherence constrains the hearer constraints on relevance context contextual effects contrast coordinating conjunction countering default demonstrative devices discontinuity discourse particles discussed example focus construction foreground events fufu Givon goat guides the hearer hare Hausa he-says-to heyey highlighted husband ideophone illustrated implicature indicates Institute of Linguistics Joshua kaa heyey kede Koine Greek language Leopard Levinsohn Lobala Longacre Makaa maleku Mambila marked by kin marked position marker Mofu-Gudur Monkey narrative Niger-Congo languages Nomaande noun class noun phrase occurs Paa Yacob paper paragraph parallel participant reference particle phonological pragmatic preceding preposed present preverbal previous utterances pronoun proposition relationship reported speech salient semantic sentence sequential sisi Sissala speaker Squirrel Stephen H story stranger Summer Institute temporal tiga topicalized constituent Tortoise Tyap typically unstressed pronoun verb wife wizard woman yams