LINGUIST List 9.939

Wed Jun 24 1998

Books: Morphology and Syntax

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  • Vivien Eng, Morphology and Syntax

    Message 1: Morphology and Syntax

    Date: 22 Jun 98 09:52:15 -0400
    From: Vivien Eng <>
    Subject: Morphology and Syntax


    Thomas E. Payne (University of Oregon); Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists; ISBN: 0-521-58224-5; Hardback, 6 X 9, 430 pp.; Pub. Date: 10/31/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $64.95;

    This book is a guide for linguistic fieldworkers who wish to write a description of the morphology and syntax of one of the world's many underdocumented languages. It offers readers who work through it one possible outline for a grammatical description, with many questions designed to help them address the key topics. Appendices offer guidance on text and elicited data, and on sample reference grammars that readers might wish to consult. This will be a valuable resource to anyone engaged in linguistic fieldwork.; Contents: Introduction; 1. Demographic and ethnographic information; 2. Morphological typology; 3. Grammatical categories; 4. Constituent order typology; 5. Noun and noun-phrase operations; 6. Predicate nominals and related constructions; 7. Grammatical relations;! 8. Voice and valence adjusting operations; 9. Other verb and veb-phrase operations; 10. Pragmatically marked structures; 11. Clause combinations; 12. Conclusions: the language in use; Appendix 1: On text and elicited data; Appendix 2: Sample reference grammars; References; Indexes;

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    Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change; ISBN: 0-521-58402-7; Hardback, 6 X 9, 556 pp.; Ans van Kemenade, ed. (Free University of Amsterdam); Pub. Date: 6/30/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $74.95;

    The relationship between changes in (inflectional) morphology and the consequences of these changes in syntax has been a perennial issue in historical linguistics. The contributors to this volume address the issue of how to model the phenomena of syntactic and morphological change within recent frameworks, including the Minimalist Programme. Topics addressed include the way categories like aspect and mood interact over time with the valency of verbs; the nature of changes in verb placement; the changing division of labor between different types of argument marking--case, word order, clitics, agreement.^L The volume contains chapters by many of the leading scholars in the field. There is a substantial introduction which reviews the development of ideas in generative histori! cal syntax over the last fifteen years, and assesses the distinctive properties of the generative position. The volume will appeal to those working in theoretical syntax, and also to specialists in the history of German, French and the Romance and Germanic languages more broadly.; Contents: Introduction: Parameters and morphosyntactic change Ans van Kemenade and Nigel Vincent; Part I. Aspect, argument structure and case selection: 1. The interdependence of cas, aspect and referentiality in the history of German Werner Abraham; 2. The rise of the article in the Germanic languages Julia Philippi; 3. The diachronic development of a modal verb of necessity Paola Beninca and Cecilia Poletto; 4. Auxiliary verbs in Old and Middle French Philip H. Miller; 5. Commentary on part I: aspect, argument structure and case selection Alessandra Tomaselli; Part II. Clitics: 6. The emergence of the D-system in Romance Nigel Vincent; 7. On two locations for complement clitic pronouns Maria Luisa ! Rivero; 8. On the integration of second position phenomena Josep M second and comp: 9. Shifting triggers and diachronic reanalyses David Lightfoot; 10. Viewing change in progress Alison Henry; 11. Verb movement in Old and Middle English Anthony Kroch and Ann Taylor; 12. V2 and embedded topicalization in Old and Middle English Ans van Kemenade; 13. Qu'est-ce que ce que: the diachronic evolution of a French complementizer Laurie Zaring and Paul Hirschbuhler; 14. The structure of parametric change, and V-movement in the history of English Anthony Warner; Part IV. Scrambling and morphological change: 15. Directionality and word orderchange in the history of English Ian Roberts; 16. On the relation between morphological and syntactic case Fred Weerman; 17. The rise of positional licensing Paul Kiparsky; The papers by Kiparsky, Roberts and Weerman: an epilogue Hoskuldur Thrainsson; References; Index.;

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    John M. Anderson (University of Edinburgh); A Notional Theory of Syntactic Categories; ISBN: 0-521-58023-4; Hardback, 6 X 9, 365 pp.; Pub. Date: 4/28/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press ; $69.95;

    This book presents an innovative theory of syntactic categories and the lexical classes they define. It revives the traditional idea that these are to be distinguished notionally (semantically). The author proposes a notation based on semantic features that accounts for the syntactic behavior of classes. The book also presents a case for considering this classification--again in a rather traditional vein--to be basic to determining the syntactic structure of sentences.; Contents: 1. Prelude; 2. Fundamentals of a notional theory; 3. The syntax of categories.;

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    Andrea Moro (Istituto Scientifico H San Raffaele, Milan); The Raising of Predicates: Predicative Noun Phrases and the Theory of Clause Structure; ISBN: 0-521-56233-3; Hardback, 6 X 9, 328 pp.; Pub. Date: 1/13/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $64.95;

    One of the basic premises of the theory of syntax is that clause structures can be minimally identified as containing a verb phrase, playing the role of predicate, and a noun phrase, playing the role of subject. In this study Andrea Moro identifies a new category of copular sentences, namely inverse copular sentences, where the predicative noun phrase occupies the position that is canonically reserved for subjects. In the process, he sheds new light on such classical issues as the distribution and nature of expletives, locality theory and cliticization phenomena.; Contents: 1. The anomaly of copular sentences: the raising of predicates; 2. The syntax of ci; 3. Are there parameters in semantics? The defining properties of e! xistential sentences; 4. The 'quasi-copula': on the role of finite clauses in seem-sentences; 5. A view beyond: unaccusativity as an epiphenomenon; Appendix: a brief history of the copula.;

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  • Addison Wesley Longman
  • Blackwell Publishers
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  • CSLI Publications
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
  • Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Routledge
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