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Natural Syntax Iconicity and Erosion

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ISBN-10: 0521319811

ISBN-13: 9780521319812

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Haiman

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The view that language is in some way 'arbitrary', that there is no formal relationship between a linguistic message and the thought it is meant to convey, is long established and pervasive. The goal of John Haiman's study is to challenge the monopoly of arbitrariness, which he believes has affected in significant ways many models of linguistic description and analysis, notably those proposed by Saussure and more recently by Chomsky and his associates. Linguistic structures, Dr Hainian claims, may be compared to (non-linguistic) diagrams of our thoughts, and deviate from iconicity in many of the same ways and for much the same reasons as do diagrams in general. Arbitrariness develops as a…    
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List price: $41.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Iconicity in Language
Economy and the Erosion of Iconicity
Economic motivation
Iconicity vs. economy: the case of clause incorporation
The case of lexical elaboration
Limitations of the medium: competing motivations