LINGUIST List 11.2141

Wed Oct 4 2000

Books: Functional Ling, Generative Ling, Pragmatics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Functional Ling: Reconstructing Grammar, Hypothetical Modality
  2. Paul Peranteau, Generative Ling: Theory of Feature-Checking, Lexical Specification
  3. Paul Peranteau, Pragmatics: Poetic Effects, Handbook of Pragmatics

Message 1: Functional Ling: Reconstructing Grammar, Hypothetical Modality

Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 14:41:03 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Functional Ling: Reconstructing Grammar, Hypothetical Modality

John Benjamins Publishing announces the following two works on Functional 

Reconstructing Grammar.
Comparative Linguistics and Grammaticalization.
Spike GILDEA (ed.) (Rice University)

Typological Studies in Language 43
US & Canada: 1 55619 658 X / USD 82.00 (Hardcover) 
 1 55619 659 8 / USD 34.95 (Paperback)
rest of world: 90 272 2944 9 / NLG 164.00 (Hardcover) 
 90 272 2945 7 / NLG 70.00 (Paperback)

Comparative linguistics and grammaticalization theory both belong to the
broader category of historical linguistics, yet few linguists practice
both. The methods and goals of each group seem largely distinct:
comparative linguists have by and large avoided reconstructing grammar,
while grammaticalization theoreticians have either focused on explaining
attested historical change or used internal reconstruction to formulate
hypotheses about processes of change. In this collection, some of the
leading voices in grammaticalization theory apply their methods to
comparative data (largely drawn from indigenous languages of the
Americas), showing not only that grammar can be reconstructed, but that
the process of reconstructing grammar can yield interesting theoretical
and typological insights.

Contributions by: Alexandra A. Aikhenvald; Wallace Chafe; Spike Gildea; T.
Giv�n; Joseph H. Greenberg; Bernd Heine; S�rgio Meira; Marianne Mithun.

Hypothetical Modality.
Grammaticalisation in an L2 dialect.
Debra ZIEGELER (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)

Studies in Language Companion Series 51
US & Canada: 1 55619 937 6 / USD 85.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3054 4 / NLG 170.00 (Hardcover)

This book marks a new development in the field of grammaticalisation
studies, in that it extends the field of grammaticalisation studies from
relatively homogeneous languages to those possessing well-established and
institutionalised second language varieties. In Hypothetical Modality,
special reference is made to Singaporean English, a native-speaker L2
dialect of considerable importance in the South-East Asian region, and to
the expression in the dialect of hypothetical modality, which appears to
be indistinguishable from non-hypothetical modality in terms of the use of
preterite or past forms of modal verbs. Within a grammaticalisation
framework, a number of factors can be seen to be relevant to an
explanation, including substratum and contact features such as
tense/aspect marking, levels of lexical retention as an individual
(psychological) phenomenon, and the fact that such dialects have a
discontinuity in their development. In addition, the book defines
pragmatic approaches to the understanding of hypothetical modality, in
both diachronic and synchronic terms.

			John Benjamins Publishing Co.
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Phone:		+215 836-1200			+31 20 6762325
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Message 2: Generative Ling: Theory of Feature-Checking, Lexical Specification

Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 15:01:21 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Generative Ling: Theory of Feature-Checking, Lexical Specification

John Benjamins Publishing offers the following new works in Generative 

Wh-Movement and the Theory of Feature-Checking.
Andrew SIMPSON (SOAS, University of London)

US & Canada: 1 55619 856 6 / USD 75.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2562 1 / NLG 150.00 (Hardcover)

Wh-movement and the theory of feature-checking argues that
cross-linguistic variation in wh-constructions reduces to the
availability of different lexical instantiations of a +wh C0 both
across languages and within a single language, and the way in which
such lexical elements are syntactically identified, either via
movement or base-generation. Evidence from a wide range of patterns
including wh-expletive questions leads to the conclusion that
wh-feature checking may sometimes be effected non-locally and 'at a
distance' (long-distance wh-agreement), and that movement in general
takes place for two related but discrete reasons: both to identify and
activate an underspecified licensing head and in order for an element
to occur in the checking domain projected by its relevant licensing
head. Developing and generalizing the proposals beyond wh-phenomena,
the study also goes on to argue for a Minimalist model of syntax in
which feature-dependencies are in fact all licensed in the overt
syntax and where there is no need for any further level of LF.

Lexical Specification and Insertion.
Peter COOPMANS, Martin EVERAERT and Jane GRIMSHAW (eds.) 
(OTS, University of Utrecht / Brandeis University)

Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 197
US & Canada: 1 55619 975 9 / USD 85.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3704 2 / NLG 170.00 (Hardcover)

The papers in this volume address the general question what type of
lexical specifications we need in a generative grammar and by what
principles this information is projected onto syntactic configurations, or
to put it differently, how lexical insertion is executed. Many of the
contributions focus on what the syntactic consequences are of choices that
are made with respect to the lexical specifications of heads. The data in
the volume are drawn from diverse languages, among which: Brazilian
Portuguese, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian,
Mohawk, Norwegian, Polish, Russian.


David Adger & Catrin Sian Rhys: Eliminating Disjunction in Lexical
Specification; Hans Bennis: Adjectives and Argument Structure; Frank
Drijkoningen: Experiencer Objects: Two Types of Ergativity; Daniel
L. Everett: Why There Are no Clitics: On the Storage, Insertion, and
Form of F-Features; Jane Grimshaw: Locality and Extended Projections;
Hubert Haider: Branching and Discharge; Lars Hellan & Mila
Dimitrova-Vulchanova: Criteriality and Grammatical Realization; Johan
Kerstens: Lexical Specification with Variables; Marie Labelle: The
Semantic Representation of Denominal Verbs; M. Rita Manzini:
Sentential Complemenatation: The Subjunctive; Malka Rappaport Hovav &
Beth Levin: Classifying Single Argument Verbs; Bozena Ro�wadowska:
Event Structure, Argument Structure and the by-phrase in Polish
Nominalizations; Thomas Roeper: Inherent Binding and the
Syntax/Lexicon Interface: Distinguishing DP, NP and N; Margaret Speas:
Projection and Pronominal Arguments; Carol L. Tenny: Aspectual Roles,
Modularity, and Acquisition; with a Discussion of Contact Locatives;
Angeliek van Hout: Projection Based on Event Structure; Joost Zwarts:
External Arguments.

			John Benjamins Publishing Co.
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Phone:		+215 836-1200			+31 20 6762325
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Message 3: Pragmatics: Poetic Effects, Handbook of Pragmatics

Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 14:53:22 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Pragmatics: Poetic Effects, Handbook of Pragmatics

John Benjamins Publishing has these new offerings in Pragmatics

Poetic Effects.
A relevance theory perspective.
Adrian PILKINGTON (Royal Holloway University of London)

Pragmatics & Beyond NS 75
US & Canada: 1 55619 922 8 / USD 65.00 (Hardcover) 
 1 55619 923 6 / USD 34.95 (Paperback)
Rest of world: 90 272 5090 1 / NLG 130.00 (Hardcover) 
	 90 272 5091 X / NLG 70.00 (Paperback)

Poetic Effects: 

A Relevance Theory Perspective offers a pragmatic account of the
effects achieved by the poetic use of rhetorical tropes and
schemes. It contributes to the pragmatics of poetic style by
developing work on stylistic effects in relevance theory. It also
contributes to literary studies by proposing a new theoretical account
of literariness in terms of mental representations and mental

The book contests attempts to define literariness in terms of
text-internal linguistic properties, cultural codes or special purpose
reading strategies, as well as suggestions that the notion of
literariness should be dissolved or rejected. It challenges the
accounts of language and verbal communication that underpin such
positions and outlines the theory of verbal communication developed
within relevance theory that supports an explanatory account of poetic
effects and a new account of literariness. This is followed by a
broader discussion of philosophical and psychological issues having a
bearing on the question of what is expressed non-propositionally in
literary communication. The discussion of emotion, qualitative
experience and, more specifically, aesthetic experience provides a
fuller characterisation of poetic effects and 'poetic thought'.

Handbook of Pragmatics. 1998 Installment.

(University of Antwerp / University of Helsinki / University of Ghent
US & Canada: 1 55619 764 0 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2560 5 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

The Handbook of Pragmatics provides easy access - for scholars with widely
divergent backgrounds but with convergent interests in the use and
functioning of language - to the different topics, traditions and methods
which together make up the field of Pragmatics, broadly conceived as "the
cognitive, social and cultural study of language and communication".

The Handbook of Pragmatics is an annually updated state-of-the-art
publication. The main body of the Handbook is produced in loose-leaf
format in 3-ring binders and is accompanied by the bound Manual which
contains all necessary background information and user guidelines. The
loose-leaf Handbook forms the basis of the Handbook proper giving an
overview of the subfields, traditions, methodologies and concepts of
Pragmatics. The project is a unique work of reference that guarantees to
be always a state-of-the-art source book for researchers.

Cumulative Table of Contents 1995-1998 installment
Traditions Update: Correlational sociolinguistics: N. Dittmar; Frame
semantics: M. Petruck; Integrational linguistics: R. Harris; Interlanguage
pragmatics: G. Kasper; Lexical semantics: R. MacLaury; Translation
Studies: C. Sch�ffner

Methods Update: Hermeneutics, P. Van de Craen

Handbook A-Z: Anaphora: W. De Mulder; Attention and language: M. Stamenov
& E. Andanova; Austin: M. Sbis�; Authority: J. Wilson; Bateson: V.
Servais; Bilingualism and multilingualism: M. Heller; B�hler: A. Musolff;
Case and semantic roles: B. Rudzka-Ostyn; Categorization: E. Rosch;
Channel: S. Slembrouck; Codeswitching: C. Eastman; Cohesion and coherence:
W. Bublitz; Collaboration in dialogues: K. Aronsson; Comprehension vs
production: J. Cooper Cutting; Consciousness and language: W. Chafe;
Context and contextualization: P. Auer; Conversational implicature: R.T.
Lakoff; Creoles and creolization: S. Mufwene; Culture: S. Sarangi; Deixis:
J. Sidnell; Dialect: R. MacCauley; Discourse markers: U. Lenk; Functional
sentence perspective: P. Sgall; Grounding: B. Warvik; Honorifics: J.
Irvine; Humor: S. Attardo; Implicitness: E. Bertucelli; Intercultural
communication: V. Hinnenkamp; Irony: R. Giora; Jargon: L. Rojo; Language
policy, language planning and standardization: R. Herbert; Malinowski: G.
Senft; Markedness: B. Comrie; Mass media: A. Jucker; Modality: F. Kiefer;
Morphopragmatics: W. Dressler & M. Barbaresi; Narrative: A.
Georgakopoulou; Peirce: R. Parmentier; Phatic communion: G. Senft;
Politeness: G. Kasper; Polyphony: E. Roulet; Polysemy: C. Brugman;
Pragmatic particles: A. Foolen; Public discourse: S. Sarangi; Register: N.
Dittmar; Sapir: J. Vermeulen; Semantics-Pragmatics interface: K. Turner;
Sign: E. Wouters; Social institutions: R. Watts; Speech community: B.
Rampton; Terms of address: F. Braun; Text structure: T. Virtanen; Text
type: M. Pilegaard & F. Fransen; von Humboldt: D. Clarke & B. Nerlich;
Vygotsky: R. van der Veer; Whorf: P. Lee; Word: M. Mithun

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