Language and Function

Language and Function : To the memory of Jan Firbas

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The present volume, originally prepared to celebrate Jan Firbas' 80th birthday, unfortunately is presented only belatedly, to commemorate one of the most outstanding personalities of functional and structural linguistics. Its contributors have been inspired by the richness and penetrating invention of Firbas, contained in his analysis of functional sentence perspective and of many other aspects of sentence and discourse.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 19.05mm | 575g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588113035
  • 9781588113030

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Jan Firbas - An outstanding personality of European linguistics (by Svoboda, Ales); 3. Bibliography of the publications of Professor Jan Firbas, PhDr, DrSc, Dr.h.c. (Leeds, United Kingdom; Leuven, Belgium; Turku, Finland) (by Golkova, Eva); 4. 'There's no such thing as syntax - and it's a good thing, too...' (by Beaugrande, Robert de); 5. Old English pa revisited (by Breivik, Leiv Egil); 6. The double basis of the Prague functional approach: Mathesius and Jakobson (by Danes, Frantisek); 7. FSP and the grammar of the weather in English (by Davidse, Kristin); 8. Theme, information and cohesion (by Davies, Martin); 9. Negotiation topic coherence through talk-in-action (by Downing, Angela); 10. Constancy of syntactic function across languages (by Duskova, Libuse); 11. A consideration of the thematiser 'wa' in Japanese (by Fukuda, Kazuo); 12. The semantic fields Unterhaltung and entertainment in their paradigmatic and syntagmatic interrelations (by Glaser, Rosemarie); 13. Topic-focus articulation in the Czech national corpus (by Hajicova, Eva); 14. The functions and meanings of word-formations (with reference to modern English) (by Hansen, Klaus); 15. Observational linguistics and semiotics (by Lipka, Leonhard); 16. Evidentiality and the construction of writer stance in native and non-native texts (by Neff, JoAnne); 17. Functional sentence perspective and translation (by Newmark, Peter); 18. Linguistics across borders: The EIL phenomenon (by Nickel, Gerhard); 19. Towards a history of linguistic ideas. A note on Jan Firbas and the Prague School (by Qian, Jun); 20. Some sociolinguistic considerations on Old English phonology (by Schendl, Herbert); 21. From functional sentence perspective to topic-focus articulation (by Sgall, Petr); 22. -ende/-ing in the history of English (by Swan, Toril); 23. Old Javanese word structure (by Uhlenbeck, Eugenius M.); 24. On the associative anaphor in fairy tales (by Uhlirova, Ludmila); 25. Lexical rules in Robert Baker's "reflections on the English language" (by Vorlat, Emma)
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