Grammar from the Human Perspective: Case, Space and Person in Finnish

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Marja-Liisa Helasvuo, Lyle Campbell
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 280 pages
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The papers of this volume investigate how grammar codes the subjective viewpoint of human language users, that is, how grammar reflects human conceptualization. Some of the articles deal with spatial relations and locations. They discuss how basic attributes of human conceptualization are encoded in the grammatical expression of spatial relations. Other articles concern embodiment in language, showing how conceptualization is mediated by one's embodied experience of the world and ourselves. Finally, some of the articles discuss coding of person focusing on the subjec­tivity of conceptualization and how it is reflected in grammar.

The articles show that conceptualization reflects the speaker's construal of the situation, and furthermore, that it is intersubjective because it reflects the speaker's understanding of the relations between the speech act participants. The papers deal with Finnish, utilizing the rich resources of Finnish grammar to contribute to issues in contemporary linguistics and in particular to Cognitive Grammar.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
AN INTRODUCTION TO FINNISH SPATIAL RELATIONS
11
SPATIAL AXES IN LANGUAGE AND CONCEPTUALIZATION
21
IWOKE UPFROM THE SOFA
41
METONYMYIN LOCATIVES OF STATE
67
BODYPARTNAMESANDGRAMMATICALIZATION
101
ON DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN RECIPIENT AND BENEFICIARY IN FINNISH
129
OBLIQUEMENTIONS OFHUMAN REFERENTS IN FINNISH CONVERSATION
153
PERSON IN FINNISH
173
ZERO PERSON IN FINNISH
209
PASSIVE PERSONAL OR IMPERSONAL?
233
MASTER LIST OF REFERENCES
257
INDEX OF SUBJECTS AND TERMS
277
CURRENT ISSUES IN LINGUISTIC THEORY
281
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