Invariance, Markedness and Distinctive Feature Analysis: A by Yishai Tobin PDF

By Yishai Tobin

ISBN-10: 9027236143

ISBN-13: 9789027236142

This quantity presents a brand new type of contrastive research of 2 unrelated languages — English and Hebrew — in keeping with the semiotic recommendations of invariance, markedness and virtue conception. It concentrates on linguistic types and structures that are remarkably assorted in every one language although they percentage an identical everyday classifications and labels. Tobin demonstrates how and why conventional and sleek syntactic different types similar to grammatical quantity; verb demanding, element, temper and voice; conditionals and interrogatives; etc., should not similar throughout languages. it's argued that those so-called common options functionality in a different way in each one language procedure simply because they belong to precise language-specific semantic domain names that are marked by means of assorted units of semantic beneficial properties. the knowledge utilized in this quantity were taken from a variety of either spoken and written discourse and texts reflecting people's real use of language provided of their appropriate linguistic and situational contexts.

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D. e. He gave a bone to the dog. The dog was given a bone by him. A bone was given to the dog by him. To the dog he gave a bone. To the dog a bone was given by him. are not instances of the optimal or three participant system. They are instances of one or two participant sentences to which an additonal prepositional phrase or phrases are added. These prepositional phrases are not considerd to be part of the system, but peripheral to, or out of the system. 13 Thus, in English, sentences (5) and (6) have opposite, contrary and antonymous messages which are signalled by differences in word order as part of a larger sign system of control or participation: (5) (6) The dog bit the boy.

G. the larger the word, the smaller its individual syllables. This principle of a synergetic relationship between wholes and parts may function on all the levels of language including the phrase, clause and discourse levels as well. Indeed, the concept of language synergy may even provide a qualitative and quantitative framework to examine the most basic linguistic principle in the semiotic or sign-oriented approach to language: namely, the concept of invariance versus variation. Chapter 1 26 The synergetic relationship between lexicon and grammar Invariant meanings are systematically and synergetically opposed to each other in two fundamental ways: paradigmatically, based on their value rela­ tionships within lexical and grammatical systems and syntagmatically, in discourse, to produce coherent messages.

Like all the synergetic laws previously discussed, Beothy's Law also represents the interplay of the op­ posed Zipfian forces of encoder-oriented unification versus decoder-oriented diversification. All of these synergetic laws of human efficiency related to the lexicon dealt with words and the potential number of their messages (diction­ ary or contextual meanings). They have ignored the most basic semiotic or sign-oriented principle of invariant meaning versus variation, or the concept 14 Chapter 1 of meaning versus message, which is crucial to the understanding of the semiotic or sign-oriented approach to language.

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