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The story of zero, T. Givón

Label
The story of zero
Title
The story of zero
Statement of responsibility
T. Givón
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The zero coding of referents or other clausal constituents is one of the most natural, communicatively and cognitively-transparent grammatical devices in human language. Together with its functional equivalent, obligatory pronominal agreement, zero is both extremely widespread cross-linguistically and highly frequent in natural text. In the domain of reference, zero represents, somewhat paradoxically, either anaphorically-governed high continuity or cataphorically-governed low topicality. And whether in conjoined/chained or syntactically-subordinate clauses, zero is extremely well-governed, at a level approaching 100% in natural text. The naturalness, cross-language ubiquity and well-governedness of zero have been largely obscured by an approach that, for 30-odd years, has considered it a typological exotica, the so-called'pro-drop'associated with a dubious'non-configurational'language type. The main aim of this book is to reaffirm the naturalness, universality and well-governedness of zero by studying it from four closely related perspectives: (i) cognitive and communicative function; (ii) natural-text distribution; (iii) cross-language typological distribution; and (iv) the diachronic rise of referent coding devices. The latter is particularly central to our understanding the functional interplay between zero anaphora, pronominal agreement and related referent-coding devices
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DLC
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1936-
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Givón, Talmy
Dewey number
401/.456
Index
index present
LC call number
P299.A5
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Anaphora (Linguistics)
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Functional discourse grammar
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • Anaphora (Linguistics)
  • Functional discourse grammar
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Pro-Drop-Sprache
  • Sprachtypologie
  • Sprachentwicklung
  • Kommunikation
  • Kognitive Linguistik
Label
The story of zero, T. Givón
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Story of Zero; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; Preface; Part I. Natural zero; 1. The communicative ecology of€zero€anaphora; 1. Introduction ; 2. Discourse structure and referential coherence ; 2.1 Overview ; 2.2 High-continuity devices ; 2.3 Low continuity -- discontinuity -- devices ; 3. Quantitative distribution of major referent-coding devices ; 3.1 Preliminaries ; 3.2 English ; 3.3 Ute ; 3.4 Biblical Hebrew ; 3.5 Spoken Spanish ; 3.6 Japanese ; 3.7 Mandarin Chinese ; 3.8 Word order and referential continuity ; 3.8.1 Word-order and referential continuity in spoken English
  • 3.8.2 Word order and referential continuity in spoken Ute 3.8.3 Word-order and referential continuity in Early Biblical Hebrew ; 4. Closure: From typology to diachrony ; Abbreviations of grammatical terms ; 2. The grammar of referential coherence as mental processing instructions; 1. Grammar, text and mind* ; 2. The structure of coherent discourse ; 2.1 Propositions, clauses and information ; 2.2 Coherent discourse ; 2.2.1 Multi-propositional coherence ; 2.2.2 Linear and hierarchic structure ; 2.3 The grounding of information ; 2.3.1 Old vs. new information ; 2.3.2 The grammar of grounding
  • 3. Topicality 3.1 Preamble ; 3.2 Topicality and grammar ; 3.3 Measuring topicality in discourse ; 3.3.1 Clause vs. discourse ; 3.4 The discourse-pragmatics of topicality; 3.4.1 Preamble; 3.4.2 Referential accessibility: The shared context; 3.4.3 The shared deictic context; 3.4.4 The shared cultural context; 3.4.5 The shared current text; 3.5 Quantified measures of topicality; 3.5.1 Measures of referential continuity/accessibility; 3.5.2 Measures of thematic importance; 3.5.3 Some results of text-based quantitative measures of€topicality; 3.6 Is topicality scalar?; 3.6.1 Preamble
  • 3.6.2 Discreteness in grammar3.6.3 Discreteness in cognition; 3.6.4 Artifacts of scalarity in text-based topicality measures; 4. The cognitive interpretation of the grammar of reference ; 4.1 Overview ; 4.2 Major attentional activation options ; 4.2.1 Overview ; 4.2.2 Assignment of default vs. non-default activation status ; 4.3 The cognitive status of definite referents ; 4.3.1 Overview ; 4.3.2 Markedness status of definite referents ; 4.3.3 Important vs. unimportant definites ; 4.3.4 Cognitive processing instructions for definite referents
  • 4.4 Determining the antecedent source of definite reference 4.5 Searches for culture-based reference ; 4.6 Mental processing of text-based definite referents ; 4.6.1 Reorientation ; 4.6.2 Short-distance searchers within the€currently-activated clause-chain ; 4.6.3 Long-distance searches beyond the currently active clause-chain ; 5. Discussion ; 5.1 Summary ; 5.2 Referent processing and attentional activation ; 5.3 Mental representation ; 5.4 The working-memory buffer ; 3. Zero and the rise of pronominal agreement; 1. Introduction
Control code
961388646
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789027266460
Lccn
2016049670
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
4791151
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)961388646
Label
The story of zero, T. Givón
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Story of Zero; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; Preface; Part I. Natural zero; 1. The communicative ecology of€zero€anaphora; 1. Introduction ; 2. Discourse structure and referential coherence ; 2.1 Overview ; 2.2 High-continuity devices ; 2.3 Low continuity -- discontinuity -- devices ; 3. Quantitative distribution of major referent-coding devices ; 3.1 Preliminaries ; 3.2 English ; 3.3 Ute ; 3.4 Biblical Hebrew ; 3.5 Spoken Spanish ; 3.6 Japanese ; 3.7 Mandarin Chinese ; 3.8 Word order and referential continuity ; 3.8.1 Word-order and referential continuity in spoken English
  • 3.8.2 Word order and referential continuity in spoken Ute 3.8.3 Word-order and referential continuity in Early Biblical Hebrew ; 4. Closure: From typology to diachrony ; Abbreviations of grammatical terms ; 2. The grammar of referential coherence as mental processing instructions; 1. Grammar, text and mind* ; 2. The structure of coherent discourse ; 2.1 Propositions, clauses and information ; 2.2 Coherent discourse ; 2.2.1 Multi-propositional coherence ; 2.2.2 Linear and hierarchic structure ; 2.3 The grounding of information ; 2.3.1 Old vs. new information ; 2.3.2 The grammar of grounding
  • 3. Topicality 3.1 Preamble ; 3.2 Topicality and grammar ; 3.3 Measuring topicality in discourse ; 3.3.1 Clause vs. discourse ; 3.4 The discourse-pragmatics of topicality; 3.4.1 Preamble; 3.4.2 Referential accessibility: The shared context; 3.4.3 The shared deictic context; 3.4.4 The shared cultural context; 3.4.5 The shared current text; 3.5 Quantified measures of topicality; 3.5.1 Measures of referential continuity/accessibility; 3.5.2 Measures of thematic importance; 3.5.3 Some results of text-based quantitative measures of€topicality; 3.6 Is topicality scalar?; 3.6.1 Preamble
  • 3.6.2 Discreteness in grammar3.6.3 Discreteness in cognition; 3.6.4 Artifacts of scalarity in text-based topicality measures; 4. The cognitive interpretation of the grammar of reference ; 4.1 Overview ; 4.2 Major attentional activation options ; 4.2.1 Overview ; 4.2.2 Assignment of default vs. non-default activation status ; 4.3 The cognitive status of definite referents ; 4.3.1 Overview ; 4.3.2 Markedness status of definite referents ; 4.3.3 Important vs. unimportant definites ; 4.3.4 Cognitive processing instructions for definite referents
  • 4.4 Determining the antecedent source of definite reference 4.5 Searches for culture-based reference ; 4.6 Mental processing of text-based definite referents ; 4.6.1 Reorientation ; 4.6.2 Short-distance searchers within the€currently-activated clause-chain ; 4.6.3 Long-distance searches beyond the currently active clause-chain ; 5. Discussion ; 5.1 Summary ; 5.2 Referent processing and attentional activation ; 5.3 Mental representation ; 5.4 The working-memory buffer ; 3. Zero and the rise of pronominal agreement; 1. Introduction
Control code
961388646
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789027266460
Lccn
2016049670
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
4791151
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)961388646

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