Territory of Information

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 227 pages
Most higher animals are said to be territorial, as a huge amount of work in ethology has made it clear. Human beings are no exceptions. They tend to occupy a certain space around them where they claim their own presence and exclude others quite naturally. If territory is so prevalent among higher animals including humans, then isn't it possible to observe its manifestations in aspects of human language?
Territory of Information starts from this fundamental question and attempts to demonstrate the key function of the concept of territory in the informational structure and syntax of natural language. It offers an analysis of English, Japanese, and Chinese in terms of territory and shows its fundamental importance in the interface of information and syntax in these languages. Moreover, it argues that the concept of territory plays a major role in the evidentiality of a number of languages and in the linguistic structure of politeness. It also makes much reference to discourse and conversational analysis. Thus, this is a book which might interest readers concerned with pragmatics in general, the relationship between informational structure and syntax, evidentiality, politeness, discourse analysis, and conversational analysis.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
1
CHAPTER 2 The Theory of Territory of Information
5
CHAPTER 3 Territory of Information in Japanese
39
CHAPTER 4 Some Sentential PhenomenaandTerritory of Information
55
CHAPTER 5 Territory of Information in Phrases and Lexical Items
95
CHAPTER 6 Territory of Information in Discourse
129
CHAPTER 7 Some Relevant Theories and Major Implications
153
Notes
197
References
207
Index of Names
217
Index of Subjects
219
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