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Structural Form and Utterance Context in Lhasa Tibetan

Agha, Asif

Structural Form and Utterance Context in Lhasa Tibetan

Grammar and Indexicality in a Non-Configurational Language

Series: Monographs in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language - Volume 2

Year of Publication: 1993

New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1993. XI, 270 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-2091-2 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.550 kg, 1.213 lbs

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Book synopsis

Structural Form and Utterance Context in Lhasa Tibetan is a comprehensive study of the major morphosyntactic features of Lhasa Tibetan, giving special emphasis to the role of indexical categories in grammatical description. The author examines such universal morphosyntactic phenomena as case marking, topicalization, clause structure, verbal aspect and mood. This volume also offers detailed treatments of phenomena that have classically resisted straight-forward grammatical analysis as a result of their inherent dependence on utterance context - phenomena such as fluid case marking, evidential categories, honorific register and verbal perspective marking.
This book will be a basic text for linguists interested in the interplay between grammar and discourse, a research tool for the study of morphosyntactic typology, a major contribution to the theory of indexical categories and a reference manual for all linguists working on Tibetan languages.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Asif Agha is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught previously as Lecturer in Tibetan at the University of Chicago and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Vassar College.

Reviews

«This is a work of duplex or two-fold exceptionality. For the first time the lexical surface of Tibetan phraseology is convincingly resolved into its organization of interacting grammatical categories. And with superb insight, Agha shows that the functional roots of the framing categories of sentence-structure lie transparently in the communicative context of utterance.» (Michael Silverstein, Samuel N. Harper Professor, University of Chicago)

Series

Monographs in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language. Vol. 2
General Editor: Simon Belasco