Limiting the Iconic

Limiting the Iconic

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Iconicity has become a popular notion in contemporary linguistic research. This book is the first to present a synthesis of the vast amount of scholarship on linguistic iconicity which has been produced in the previous decades, ranging from iconicity in phonology and morpho-syntax to the role of iconicity in language change. An extensive analysis is provided of some basic but nonetheless fundamental questions relating to iconicity in language, including: what is a linguistic sign and how are linguistic signs different from signs in general? What is an iconic sign and how may iconicity be involved in language? How does iconicity pertain to the relation between language and cognition? This book offers a new and comprehensive theoretical framework for iconicity in language. It is argued that the linguistic sign is fundamentally arbitrary, but that iconicity may be involved on a secondary level, adding extra meaning to an utterance.In contrast to what may perhaps be assumed, double negation, i.e. the use of two negative elements to denote one single negation, is not at all a ... Dahl 1979, Miestamo 2005, Honda 1996, Kahrel 1996, and, somewhat indirectly, Haspelmath 1997). ... of a preverbal negator ne and a postverbal negator pas.2 * Parts of this chapter have been published in De Cuypere, van der Auwera and Willems (2007).

Title:Limiting the Iconic
Author:Ludovic De Cuypere
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2008-01


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