LINGUIST List 11.2216

Sat Oct 14 2000

Books: Pragmatics, Terminology, Generative Ling

Editor for this issue: Naomi Ogasawara <naomilinguistlist.org>


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Directory

  1. Paul Peranteau, Pragmatics in Speech & Lang Pathology, Bridging and Relevance
  2. Paul Peranteau, Towards New Ways of Terminology Description, Terminology & Lg Planning
  3. Paul Peranteau, Generative Ling: Word Order in Hungarian, Arguments and Case

Message 1: Pragmatics in Speech & Lang Pathology, Bridging and Relevance

Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 10:30:47 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Pragmatics in Speech & Lang Pathology, Bridging and Relevance

John Benjamins Publishing announces the availability of these new works:

Pragmatics in Speech and Language Pathology.
Studies in clinical applications.
Nicole M�LLER, (ed.) (Cardiff University)
Studies in Speech Pathology and Clinical Linguistics 7
US & Canada: 1 55619 274 6 / USD 60.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 4338 7 / NLG 120.00 (Hardcover)

The selected contributions in this volume bring together applications of
pragmatics in speech and language pathology, as well as discussions of the
applicability of different theoretical strands of the study of human
linguistic interaction and its cognitive bases to the field of
communication disorders. The authors address practical issues in the
classification, assessment and treatment of pragmatic disorders both in
developmental and acquired contexts. Further major concerns are the
theoretical foundations of clinical pragmatics (such as linguistic
pragmatics, functional approaches to language analysis, and cognitive
science), and the development of clinical pragmatics.

Contributions by: N. M�ller; M. Perkins; J. Wilson and L. McAnulty; A.
 Ferguson; M. Ball; C. Penn; A. Willcox and K. Mogford-Bevan;
 S. Camarata.


Bridging and Relevance.
Tomoko MATSUI (International Christian University, Tokyo)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 76
US & Canada: 1 55619 924 4 / USD 75.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5092 8 / NLG 150.00 (Hardcover)

While it has long been taken for granted that context or background
information plays a crucial role in reference assignment, there have been
very few serious attempts to investigate exactly how they are used. This
study provides an answer to the question through an extensive analysis of
cases of bridging. The book demonstrates that when encountering a
referring expression, the hearer is able to choose a set of contextual
assumptions intended by the speaker in a principled way, out of all the
assumptions possibly available to him. It claims more specifically that
the use of context, as well as the assignment of referent, is governed by
a single pragmatic principle, namely, the principle of relevance (Sperber
& Wilson 1986/1995), which is also a single principle governing overall
utterance interpretation. The explanatory power of the criterion based on
the principle of relevance is tested against the two major, current
alternatives - truth-based criteria and coherence-based criteria - using
data elicited in a battery of referent assignment questionnaires. The
results show clearly that the relevance-based criterion has more
predictive power to handle a wider range of examples than any other
existing criterion. As such, this work adds to the growing body of
evidence supporting the insights of relevance theory.


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Message 2: Towards New Ways of Terminology Description, Terminology & Lg Planning

Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 10:36:18 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Towards New Ways of Terminology Description, Terminology & Lg Planning

John Benjamins Publishing announces these new works in Terminology:

Towards New Ways of Terminology Description.
The sociocognitive approach.
Rita TEMMERMAN (Erasmushogeschool Brussel)
Terminology and Lexicography Research and Practice 3
US & Canada: 1 55619 772 1 / USD 75.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2326 2 / NLG 150.00 (Hardcover)

Based on an empirical study of categorisation and lexicalisation processes
in a corpus of scientific publications on the life sciences, Rita
Temmerman questions the validity of traditional terminology theory. Her
findings are that the traditional approach impedes a pragmatic and
realistic description of a large number of categories and terms. Inspired
by the cognitive sciences, she develops an alternative. The main
principles of this new theory imply: a combined semasiological and
onomasiological perspective; only few categories can be clearly
delineated; form and content of definitions vary according to category
types and user's requirements; synonymy and polysemy are functional in
special language and a diachronic approach is unavoidable. This last
principle implies the varying importance of historical information in
definitions, the non-arbitrariness of lexicalisation and the importance of
cognitive models.

In a last chapter the author shows how the methods and principles of the
alternative approach are applicable in terminography and how this is going
to have an impact on software for terminological database construction.
This book will be valuable for specialists in terminology theory,
practising terminographers and for anybody interested in special language,
cognitive models and prototype theory.


Terminology and Language Planning.
An alternative framework of practice and discourse.
Bassey Edem ANTIA (University of Maiduguri)
Terminology and Lexicography Research and Practice 2
US & Canada: 1 55619 771 3 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2325 4 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

Changing socio-political landscapes, the dynamics of 'glocalisation',
among other factors, are spawning new policy attitudes towards
multilingualism, and again putting language planning (LP) on the map - in
a manner reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s. With respect to terminology,
this book suggests that to be relevant and sustainable, current LP would
have to define its mission as the deregulation of access to specialised
knowledge, and correspondingly be founded on substantially different
methods and theoretical bases: epistemology and ontology of specialised
domains; research on language for special purposes (LSP) and collocations;
corpus linguistics; knowledge extraction and knowledge representation;
language engineering technologies. On the one hand, the book recommends
itself to decision-makers and language planning project managers. On the
other, it should be of interest to students of LSP and terminology,
language planning, concept and object theories, knowledge modelling,
artificial intelligence, text and corpus management, translation process
analysis, text and African linguistics.



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Message 3: Generative Ling: Word Order in Hungarian, Arguments and Case

Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 10:42:59 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Generative Ling: Word Order in Hungarian, Arguments and Case

John Benjamins Publishing announces the availability of these two new works 
in Genrative Theory:

Word Order in Hungarian.
The syntax of A'-positions.
Genovea PUSK�S (University of Geneva)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 33
US & Canada: 1 55619 917 1 / USD 95.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2754 3 / NLG 190.00 (Hardcover)

Hungarian word-order is characterized by large scale preposing of
constituents to sentence-initial positions. This study examines
systematically the elements which occur in the left periphery. Focal, wh-
and negative operators which have scope over the whole sentence must
appear in the left periphery overtly; topicalized elements precede the
scope operators and appear in an organized system as well. The author
proposes that the structure of the Hungarian sentence comprises a rich set
of left-peripheral functional projections, organized into sub-systems,
like the Scope field and the Topic field. On the basis of the structure of
Hungarian, the study proposes to consider these sub-systems as being in
turn split, that is hierarchically organized into specific functional
projections.

The study also examines the well-formedness conditions linked to multiple
preposing. It is shown that the various well-formedness criteria apply
overtly in Hungarian. This enables to make a direct link between the scope
properties of affective operators and the articulated structure of the
left periphery.

Arguments and Case.
Explaining Burzio's Generalization.
Eric REULAND (ed.) (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 34
US & Canada: 1 55619 918 X / USD 65.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2755 1 / NLG 130.00 (Hardcover)

The ideas presented by the contributions in this volume originated in a
workshop on Burzio's generalization. Burzio's Generalization (BG) states
that a verb which does not assign an external theta-role to its subject
does not assign structural accusative Case to an object and conversely. It
connects cross-linguistic similarities between e.g. passives, raising
verbs, and unaccusatives. However, it does so by linking very different
properties of a predicate. This raises fundamental questions about its
theoretical status. The contributions in this volume explore BG's
theoretical basis. A consensus emerges that BG is, in fact, an
epiphenomenon, due to the interaction of different principles of grammar.

Moreover, the contributions show a striking convergence as to how BG is
ultimately derived. The results obtained make a significant contribution
to the further development of theories of Case and thematic relations.

Contributions by: Eric Reuland; Alec Marantz; Hubert Haider; Teun Hoekstra; 
 Anoop Mahajan; Itziar Laka; Werner Abraham; Luigi Burzio.

			


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