LINGUIST List 11.1144

Sat May 20 2000

Books: General Linguistics

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  • Alicia Bothwell, General Linguistics: New Outstanding Dissertations from Garland

    Message 1: General Linguistics: New Outstanding Dissertations from Garland

    Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 14:51:53 -0400
    From: Alicia Bothwell <abothwellroutledge-ny.com>
    Subject: General Linguistics: New Outstanding Dissertations from Garland


    New book in phonology, prosody, semantics, pragmatics

    The Intonation of English Statements and Questions: A Compositional Interpretation Bartels, Christine Hb: 0-8153-3356-0: 306 pages: $69.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    English sentence prosody provides cues to both focus structure and speaker attitude. Taking the phonological model of intonation developed by Pierrehumbert (1880 et seq.) as point of departure, this work illuminates the communicative function of English pitch contours by (1) giving a detailed survey of phrase-final contours found in statements and questions, and (2) investigating what attitudinal features determine choice of phrasal tones in these utterance types.

    This comprehensive study will be of interest to linguists in a number of fields, ranging from prosody to semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis.

    New book in phonology, morphology

    Phonological Relations between Words Benua, Laura Hb: 0-8153-3810-4: 180 pages: $60.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This work develops a parallelist theory of word formation based on the notion of paradigmatic identity. Words related by morphology may be phonologically similar, beyond what is expected on the basis of their shared constituents, and achieving this similarity can lead to phonotactic violations.

    Following an elaboration of the theoretical framework, case studies are presented to show how paradigmatic faithfulness can supercede phonotactics and force related words to be identical in featural content or prosodic organization.

    New book in generative syntax

    Clauses without 'That': The Case for Bare Sentential Complementation in English Doherty, Cathal Hb: 0-8153-3775-2: 160 pages: $65.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This Study investigates the syntax of complement and relative clauses in English which lack overt complementizers (clauses without that). The central analytical claim is that these clauses differ in phrase structure from their synonymous counterparts with overt complementizers. In particular, novel evidence from adjunction facts is used to demonstrate that clauses without that are more appropriately analyzed as bare sentences of the category IP rather than CP with a phonologically null head, a proposal which has since been adopted in many economy-driven approaches to phrase structure.

    This book will be of interest to a broad variety of readers: scholars working in all areas of generative syntax, specialists in English and Germanic syntax, in addition to researchers in non-standard English and Hiberno-English.

    New book in prosody

    Prosody and Focus in European Portuguese Frota, S�nia Hb: 0-8153-3776-0: 208 pages: $70.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This work is an investigation of the relation between prosodic structure, intonational structure and (some instances of) focus realisation in European Portuguese (EP). The prosodic account has been developed within the relation-based framework of prosodic hierarchy theory and the autosegmental-metrical theory of intonational phonology. The approach is both theoretical and laboratory phonology research.

    Throughout the work, the EP findings, as well as the proposals set forth, are discussed from a cross-linguistic perspective, with special reference to languages like English, Dutch, German, different varieties of Italian, and Bengali. Also relevant to a general understanding of the prosodic reflexes of focus are languages like Hungarian, Korean, Basque and Wolof.



    New book in phonology, phonetics, morphology

    The Articulatory Basis of Locality in Phonology Gafos, Adamantios I. Hb: 0-8153-3286-6: 276 pages: $65.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This work elucidates the nature of the notion of Locality in phonology, describing the minimal conditions under which sounds assimilate to one another. The central thesis is that a sound can assimilate to another sound only if gestural contiguity is established between these two sounds. The argument supporting the central thesis of this book is unique in bringing evidence from articulatory dynamics, electromyography, and cross-linguistic sound patterns to converge on the same notion of locality in phonology.

    This book will be of particular interest to researchers in phonetics, phonology, and morphology, as well as to cognitive scientists interested in how the grammar may include constraints that emerge from the physical aspects of speech.

    New book in syntax, universal grammar

    The Structure and Interpretation of Imperatives: Mood and Force in Universal Grammar Han, Chung-Hye Hb: 0-8153-3787-6: 272 pages: $70.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This book is a cross-linguistic investigation into the structure and interpretation of imperatives and related constructions. The framework used is the Principles and Parameters approach to generative grammar. The central proposal of the book is that the syntax of imperatives across languages includes an imperative operator, which is a set of morphosyntactic features. This proposal is supported by various empirical and conceptual arguments, including a detailed study of the syntactic evolution of imperatives in the history of English.

    New book in phonology, optimality

    Laryngeal Cooccurrence Restrictions MacEachern, Margaret R. Hb: 0-8153-3267-X: 180 pages: $50.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This study presents an analysis of laryngeal cooccurrence restrictions within an Optimality Theory framework. The languages examined here include Quechua, Aymara, Basque, Sanskrit, Ofo, Gojri, Old Georgian, Hausa, Tzutujil, and Shuswap. In each of these languages, particular segments are prohibited from cooccurring within the morpheme or word. The book will be of interest to phonologists concerned with word- or morpheme-level cooccurrence restrictions, the Obligatory Contour Principle, or Optimality Theory.

    New book in syntax,

    Clausal Structures of Spanish: A Comparative Study Ord��ez, Francisco Hb: 0-8153-3788-4: 224 pages: $70.00: Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This work studies various aspects of word order and clause structure in Spanish that have proved problematic for syntactic theory. These aspects are explored theoretically in light of the antisymmetry approach of Kayne (1994) and empirically by examining parallel structures in related languages.

    This book will be of interest to syntacticians and comparitivists, as well as scholars of Romance languages.

    New book in pragmatics

    Issues in the Semantics and Pragmatics of Disjunction Simons, Mandy Hb: 0-8153-3791-4: 260 pages: $75.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This book opens by accounting for the felicity conditions on clausal disjunction in terms of general principles of information update, and goes on to demonstrate that these conditions provide the basis for an account of both the presupposition projection properties of disjunction, and the possibility of anaphora between disjuncts.

    This book will be of interest to researchers and graduate students in linguistics and the philosophy of language.

    New book in phonology, phonetics, morphology, typology and universals

    Nasalization, Neutral Segments, and Opacity Effects Walker, Rachel L. Hb: 0-8153-3836-8: 288 pages: $75.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    This book explores cross-linguistic variation in nasalization spreading known as nasal harmony; it presents a survey of nasal harmony patterns in over 75 languages, and builds on the findings of this study to achieve a unified phonological understanding of the phenomenon.

    This book will be of interest to researchers in phonology, phonetics, morphology, and typology and universals, as well as scholars interested in Amazonian and Bantoid languages.

    New book in syntax, semantics

    Layers of the Determiner Phrase Zamparelli, Roberto Hb: 0-8153-3769-8: 336 pages: $75.00 Garland Publishing Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    The main topic of this work is the interaction between syntactic structure and meaning within the noun phrase, with data drawn primarily from English and Italian. The book proposes a strict mapping between semantic types and syntactic projections (or "layers") within the noun phrase, and assigns different positions to 'strong' determiners (in the sense of Milsark, 1974), and determiners which may appear in predicate nominals.

    The analysis is cast in Government and Binding theory, with notions from the minimalist program of Chomsky (1992, 1994), and from Montague grammar.
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