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Grammatical Relations : The Evidence Against Their Necessity and Universality - D. N. S. Bhat

Grammatical Relations

The Evidence Against Their Necessity and Universality

Hardcover Published: 26th September 1991
ISBN: 9780415063234
Number Of Pages: 204

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This book argues that the assumption that grammatical relations are both necessary and universal is an unwarranted generalization. In "Grammatical Relations, " D. N. S. Bhat examines in detail the grammars of two different Indian languages, Kannada and Manipuri, to dispel this assumption.
Although languages such as English seem to require grammatical relations, Bhat shows that in Kannada the representations of semantic and pragmatic relations are distinct, and for this reason Kannada does not need grammatical relations when its clause structure is described.
Having challenged the claim that grammatical relations are necessary, Bhat turns to their universality. It has been argued that even though such relations are not needed in all languages, the basis of these relations--transitivity--can be used in all languages to describe clause structures. Bhat argues that in the case of Manipuri, it is not transitivity but volitionality that plays a central role in the structuring of clauses, thus transitivity cannot adequately describe all languages.
This provocative hypothesis will be of interest to all linguistic theorists, logicians, philosophers, and scholars working on Indian languages.

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Evidence against the Necessity of Grammatical Relationsp. 7
The Need for Grammatical Relationsp. 9
Semantics and Pragmatics in Kannadap. 32
Evidence against the Universality of Grammatical Relationsp. 95
Universality of Grammatical Relationsp. 97
Transitivity and Volitionality in Manipurip. 116
Theoretical Implicationsp. 154
p. 160
p. 170
Referencesp. 182
Indexp. 186
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ISBN: 9780415063234
ISBN-10: 041506323X
Series: Theoretical Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 26th September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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