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ERIC Number: EJ873531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
"When Stones Falls": A Conceptual-Functional Account of Subject-Verb Agreement in Persian
Sharifian, Farzad; Lotfi, Ahmad R.
Language Sciences, v29 n6 p787-803 Nov 2007
Most linguistic studies of subject-verb agreement have thus far attempted to account for this phenomenon in terms of either syntax or semantics. Kim (2004) [Kim, J., 2004. Hybrid agreement in English. Linguistics 42 (6), 1105-1128] proposes a "hybrid analysis", which allows for a morphosyntactic agreement and a semantic agreement within the same sentence. In this paper we propose that conceptual-functional views of language may provide a powerful and complementary approach to the "hybrid analysis" approach. Drawing on data from subject-verb agreement in Persian, we show how the choice between plural and singular verb endings may reflect a speaker's construal of an event. In particular it appears that the construal resolution/level of schematicity has a bearing on subject-verb agreement patterns. It is argued that linguistic devices that are often described as "optional" in descriptive grammars may in fact be motivated and sensitive to conceptualisation of experience. (Contains 7 figures and 4 tables.)
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Language: English
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