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ERIC Number: ED105729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 134
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Le Langage et La Realite (Language and Reality).
Larochette, Joe
This book begins with a consideration of the relation between language as representation and the reality that is represented. The object of this study is the semantic function of syntactical relations in French and Spanish, but other languages are also used for purposes of comparison. Three principal diatheses are revealed: objective, subjective, and asubjective. Pronominal constructions, active versus passive voice, and verbal auxiliaries are used according to different semantic functions. A parallelism in this regard can be found among French and Spanish, but also German and, to a lesser degree, Dutch, both in the diathesis system and in the semantic field expressed by the pronominal form. This is also true of Old Spanish, Latin, Greek and Sanskrit. A certain parallelism is found in Basque and Eskimo, as well. Thus, it is concluded that a system of diathesis is not proper to Indo-European languages and that in a structural study of this nature, an ethnocentric model such as Guillaume's is inadequate. (AM)
Klaus Boer, Rezensionen, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 8 Munchen 40, Nikolaistrasse 2, Germany (DM 36)
Publication Type: Books
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Note: In French