By Kees Hengeveld

This booklet is the 1st complete presentation of useful Discourse Grammar, a brand new and demanding concept of language constitution. The authors set out its nature and origins and exhibit the way it pertains to modern linguistic conception. They reveal and try out its explanatory strength and descriptive application opposed to linguistic evidence from over one hundred fifty languages throughout a variety of linguistic households.

After an entire creation the publication is split into chapters enthusiastic about the 4 degrees of grammatical illustration - pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic, and phonological - every one of which has its personal hierarchical constitution. sensible Discourse Grammar deals an intensive account of the way the use and which means of language impact linguistic shape by way of conditioning degrees of formula which feed into degrees of encoding, all with their very own particular features. The booklet bargains a great creation to the speculation and its purposes in typology and outline for students in linguistics and comparable fields from graduate scholars upwards.

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