Item description for Functional Dimensions of Ape-human Discourse (Functional Linguistics) (Functional Linguistics) by James D. Benson; William S. Greaves...
Asks the question "what do interactions between apes and humans mediated by language tell us?". In order to answer this question the authors explore language-in-context, drawing on a multi-leveled, multi-functional linguistics. The levels are context of culture, context of situation, semantics, lexicogrammar, and phonology; and the functions are ideational, interpersonal, and textual. Chapter 1 discusses a negotiation between the bonobo Kanzi and Sue Savage-Rumbaugh in terms of discourse-semantics, lexicogrammar, and the ideational and interpersonal metafunctions of language. Chapter 2 reinterprets Sue Savage-Rumbaugh et. al. Language Comprehension in Ape and Child (1993) in terms of the ideational metafunction, and provides corroborative evidence for Kanzi's symbolic processing abilities, opening a window into the consciousness of at least one non-human primate. Chapter 3 compares three snapshots from comprehensive studies based on large amounts of data from an evolutionary perspective, showing different ways in which the level of grammar comes to be wedged in between semantics and expression. Chapter 4 articulates a methodology incorporating public domain software for the comprehensive analysis of ape-human interaction.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2005
Publisher Equinox Publishing (UK)
ISBN 1904768059 ISBN13 9781904768050