LINGUIST List 10.870

Tue Jun 8 1999

Books: Syntax

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  1. Rint Sybesma, New: Empirical Issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics
  2. Paul Peranteau, Syntax & Semantics: The Dative
  3. Maureen Burke, REVISED POSTING: Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction, I. Sag & T. Wasow

Message 1: New: Empirical Issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics

Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 21:33:00 +0200
From: Rint Sybesma <>
Subject: New: Empirical Issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics

Now Available From Thesus / Holland Academic Graphics

Empirical issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics 2

Selected papers from the Colloque de Syntaxe et Semantique \133 Paris (CSSP
1997), edited by 
Francis Corblin, Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Jean-Marie Marandin

Part 1, Indefinites
I. Comorovski: Functional indefinites and the proportion problem
L. Tovena & J. Jayez: Any: from scalarity to arbitrariness
Y. Winter: Semantic universals and choice function theory
M. Butt & T. Holloway King: Focus, adjacency and non-specificity
A. Cohen & N. Erteschik-Shir: Are Bare plurals indefinite?
D. Kolliakou: Non-monotone anaphora and the syntax of indefiniteness
J. Kuhn: The syntax and semantics of split NPs in LFG

Part 2, The syntax-semantics interface
M.-H. Cote: Quantification existentielle sur des evenements et structure des
J.-P. Koenig & K. Lambrecht: French relative clauses as secondary
 predicates: a case study in contruction theory
D. Hardt: VPE as a proform: some consequences for binding
C. Kennedy & J. Merchant: attributives comparatives and the syntax of
B. Crysmann: Licensing pro-clisis in European Portuguese
I. Derzhansky: Monotonicity and interrogation
L. Dekydtspotter: Futur Simple and Futur Proche: The role of general and
 singular propositions in the expression of the Future
S. Gennari: Tense, Aktionsart & sequence of tense
J. Lecarme: Nominal tense and Tense theory
F. Newmeyer: Deictic constructions in English and the notion "Prototype
R. van Valin Jr: Generalized semantic roles and the syntax-semantics

1999. 389 pp. ISBN 90-5569-094-5. Price: EUR 36,75. Individuals ordering
directly from Holland Academic Graphics are eligible for a 33% discount.

Rint Sybesma
Holland Academic Graphics

PO Box 53292
2505 AG The Hague
The Netherlands

fax: +31 70 448 0177

Rint Sybesma
Holland Academic Graphics

PO Box 53292
2505 AG The Hague
The Netherlands

fax: +31 70 448 0177
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Message 2: Syntax & Semantics: The Dative

Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 14:43:54 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Syntax & Semantics: The Dative

John Benjamins Publishing announces the availability of this work in Grammar:

The Dative.
Volume 2: Theoretical and contrastive studies.
Willy VAN LANGENDONCK and William VAN BELLE (eds.)
Case and Grammatical Relations Across Languages 3
US & Canada: 1 55619 677 6 / USD 85.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2813 2 / NLG 170.00 (Hardcover)

This book is the second part of a two-volume reader on the 'Dative'. In
the first part, which appeared in 1996, eleven papers were presented
providing a syntactic and semantic description of the category 'Dative' in
eleven languages. The aim of this second part is to discuss several
aspects of the Dative in greater detail. It contains eight papers dealing
with theoretical considerations on 'dativity' as well as with contrastive,
typological and diachronic issues. A major concern is the relation between
form (case, grammatical relation) and meaning (semantic roles or other
kinds of meaning).
Most contributions in this volume represent cognitive and functional views
or a critical discussion of them.
As in the first volume, the linguistic material mainly stems from Germanic
and Romance languages. Contemporary English is the basis for Davidse's
theoretical claims; Pasicki studies the dative in Old English. Dutch
appears especially in Geeraerts' semantic analysis, but also in the papers
by Draye, Lamiroy & Delbecque and Van Langendonck. Draye, Lamiroy &
Delbecque and Melis also take German into consideration. Latin is dealt
with by Melis and Van Langendonck. Modern Romance languages, especially
French, provide further data for Melis and Lamiroy & Delbecque. Finally,
Newman adduces a variety of languages for his typological analyses.
Contributions by: Willy Van Langendonck and William Van Belle; John
Newman; Beatrice Lamiroy and Nicole Delbecque; Luk Draye; Kristin Davidse;
Dirk Geeraerts; Willy Van Langendonck; Ludo Melis.

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Message 3: REVISED POSTING: Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction, I. Sag & T. Wasow

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 11:28:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Maureen Burke <mburkecsli.Stanford.EDU>
Subject: REVISED POSTING: Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction, I. Sag & T. Wasow

CSLI Publications is pleased to announce the publication of "Syntactic
Theory: A Formal Introduction" by Ivan A. Sag and Thomas Wasow.

"Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction" is unlike any other introductory
textbook on the market, marking a return to 'generative grammar' in its
original sense. Emphasizing the prediction and evaluation of grammatical
hypothesis, the integration of syntactic hypotheses with matters of
syntactic analysis, and problem solving, this textbook is considered to be
"the best available introduction to unification-based syntactic theory."
This "elegant" textbook focuses on the development of precisely formulated
grammars whose empirical predictions can be directly tested. This volume
begins by exploring the inadequacy of context-free phrase structure
grammars, motivating the introduction of feature structures, types, and
type constraints as ways of expressing linguistic generalizations. Step by
step, the student is led to discover a grammar that covers the core areas
of English syntax that have been central to syntactic theory in the last
quarter century, including: complementation, control, 'raising'
constructions, passives, the auxiliary system, and the analysis of long
distance dependency constructions. "'Syntactic Theory' sets a new standard
for introductory syntax volumes that all future books should be measured

An Instructor's Manual is under development for use in conjunction with
Syntactic Theory and will be completed by late summer. If you would like
to adopt this book for a course please contact CSLI Publications,, or our distributor, Cambridge University Press,

For further detailed information on this exciting new textbook --
including table of contents, comments from instructors, and sample
chapters -- please visit CSLI Publications' website,
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1999 Contributors

  • Arnold Publishers
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cascadilla Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Elsevier Science, Ltd.
  • Finno-Ugrian Society
  • Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Lincom Europa
  • MIT Press--Books Division
  • MIT Working Papers in Linguisticsi
  • Mouton de Gruyter
  • Pacific Linguistics
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
  • Vaxjo:Acta Wexionesia