The Welsh Answering System

The Welsh Answering System

by Bob Morris Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 3110164507

ISBN-13: 9783110164503

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

Adult learners of Welsh are usually dismayed to discover that the language has no simple equivalent of English yes or no, that answering a question in the affirmative or negative takes a wide range of forms depending on a number of contextual factors. In Welsh, there are many parts of No to misunderstand. Jones investigates the phenomenon from two main standpoints.…  See more details below

Overview

Adult learners of Welsh are usually dismayed to discover that the language has no simple equivalent of English yes or no, that answering a question in the affirmative or negative takes a wide range of forms depending on a number of contextual factors. In Welsh, there are many parts of No to misunderstand. Jones investigates the phenomenon from two main standpoints. First he describes and explains the answering system in a linguistic analysis, then he uses that analysis as a basis for a sociolinguistic analysis of the use of the system by Welsh- speaking children between the ages of three and seven. His special concern is with the existence of the different formal types of yes-no answers and with the grammatical, semantic, and discourse influences that determine the selection of one of the types rather than another. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110164503
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] Series, #120
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of figures
List of tables
1Answering systems1
2Welsh echo responsives53
3Welsh echo and nonecho responsives93
4Discourse functions of Welsh responsives129
5A formal analysis of Welsh responsives147
6Children's use of Welsh responsives199
7Language contact: the influence of English239
8Internal causes of variation277
App. IConventions in the corpus examples303
App. IIConventions in the interlinear glosses305
App. IIIAdditional examples of responsives307
App. IVExamples of formal answering systems315
Notes317
References337
Index351

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