LINGUIST List 11.2275

Thu Oct 19 2000

Books: Generative Linguistics, History of Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Generative Ling: The Syntax of Relative Clauses, Wh-Scope Marking
  2. Paul Peranteau, History of Ling: Francisco Varo's Grammar of..., And Along Came Boas

Message 1: Generative Ling: The Syntax of Relative Clauses, Wh-Scope Marking

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 15:00:15 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Generative Ling: The Syntax of Relative Clauses, Wh-Scope Marking

John Benjamins Publishing announces the availability of these new works:

The Syntax of Relative Clauses.
Artemis ALEXIADOU, Paul LAW, Andr� MEINUNGER and Chris WILDER (eds.)
(Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 32
US & Canada: 1 55619 916 3 / USD 85.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2753 5 / NLG 170.00 (Hardcover)

This book presents a cross-section of recent generative research into
the syntax of relative clauses constructions. Most of the papers
collected here react in some way to Kayne's (1994) proposal to handle
relative clauses in terms of determiner complementation and raising of
the relativized nominal. The editors provide a thorough introduction
of these proposals, their background and motivations, arguments for
and against. There are detailed studies in the syntax and the
semantics of relative clauses constructions in Latin, Ancient Greek,
Romanian, Hindi, (Old) English, Old High German, (dialects of) Dutch,
Turkish, Swedish, and Japanese. The book should be of interest to any
linguist working within generative syntax.

Contributions by: Artemis Alexiadou; Valentina Bianchi; Alex Grosu; Jaklin
 Kornfil; Paul Law; Anoop Mahajan; Andre Meinunger; 
 Keiko Murasugi; Christer Platzack; Cristina Schmitt; 
 Chris Wilder; Jan-Wouter Zwart.

Wh-Scope Marking.
Uli LUTZ, Gereon M�LLER and Arnim von STECHOW (eds.)
(Universitaet Tubingen)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 37
US & Canada: 1 55619 994 5 / USD 98.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2758 6 / NLG 196.00 (Hardcover)

This volume is the first comprehensive overview of the syntax and
semantics of wh-scope marking. Wh-scope marking constructions have
recently received a lot of attention; their very existence and their
intricate properties have important consequences for syntax,
semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface (e.g., with respect to
the wh-criterion, the wh-movement parameter, feature checking, the
theory of locality, the interpretation of wh-phrases and why-chains,
and the nature of LF). The fifteen contributions share the basic
assumptions of the Chomskyan approach to syntax and the
model-theoretic approach to semantics; they address a variety of
languages (among them German, Hindi, Hungarian, English, Frisian,
Kikuyu, and Malay). A recurrent theme in all articles is whether
wh-scope marking should be analyzed in terms of a direct, indirect, or
mixed dependency. The wealth of cross-linguistic empirical evidence
and the theory-independent relevance of the conclusions should make
this book the ultimate source of information on wh-scope marking for
years to come.

Contributions by: Uli Lutz, Gereon M�ller & Arnim von Stechow; Sigrid Beck
 & Stephen Berman; Ellen Brandner; Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng; 
 Peter Cole & Gabriella Hermon; Franz-Josef d'Avis; 
 Veneeta Dayal; Gisbert Fanselow & Anoop Mahajan; 
 Hubert Haider; Tilman N. H�hle; Julia Horvath; 
 Anoop Mahajan; J�rgen Pafel; Marga Reiss; Joachim Sabel; 
 Arnim von Stechow.

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Message 2: History of Ling: Francisco Varo's Grammar of..., And Along Came Boas

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 15:15:16 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: History of Ling: Francisco Varo's Grammar of..., And Along Came Boas

John Benjamins Publishing annouces the availability of these new works:

Francisco Varo's Grammar of the Mandarin Language (1703).
An English translation of 'Arte de la lengua Mandarina'
With an Introduction by Sandra Breitenbach.
W. South COBLIN and Joseph A. LEVI (University of Iowa)
Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 93
US & Canada: 1 55619 606 7 / USD 95.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 4581 9 / NLG 190.00 (Hardcover)

Francisco Varo's Arte de la Lengua Mandarina, completed ca. 1680, is
the earliest published grammar of any spoken form of Chinese and the
fullest known description of the standard language of the seventeenth
century. It establishes beyond doubt that this 'Language of the
Mandarins' was not Pekingese or Peking-based but had instead a
Jiang-Huai or Nankingese-like phonology. It also provides important
information about the nature and formation of pre-modern standard
forms of Chinese and will lead to revisions of currently held views on
Chinese koines and their relationship with regional speech forms and
the received vernacular literature. Finally, it provides a wealth ot
information on stylistic speech levels, honorific usage, and social
customs of the elite during the early Qing period.

The book provides a full translation of the 1703 text of the Arte, an
extensive introduction to the life and work of Varo, an index of
Chinese characters inserted into the translation, and an index of
linguistic terms and concepts. It should be of interest to a diverse
readership of Chinese historical, comparative, and descriptive
linguists, students of Qing history and literature, historiographers
of linguistics, and specialists in early Western religious and
cultural contact with China.

Now in Paperback!

And Along Came Boas.
Continuity and revolution in Americanist anthropology.
Regina DARNELL (University of Western Ontario)
Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 86

US & Canada: 1 55619 623 7 / USD 89.00 (Hardcover) 
 1 55619 899 X / USD 29.95 (Paperback)
Rest of world: 90 272 4574 6 / NLG 178.00 (Hardcover) 
 90 272 4584 3 / NLG 60.00 (Paperback)

The advent of Franz Boas on the North American scene irrevocably
redirected the course of Americanist anthropology. This volume
documents the revolutionary character of the theoretical and
methodological standpoint introduced by Boas and his first generation
of students, among whom linguist Edward Sapir was among the most
distinguished. Virtually all of the classic Boasians were at least
part-time linguists alongside their ethnological work.

During the crucial transitional period beginning with the founding of
the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1879, there were as many
continuities as discontinuities between the work of Boas and that of
John Wesley Powell and his Bureau. Boas shared with Powell a
commitment to the study of aboriginal languages, to a symbolic
definition of culture, to ethnography based on texts, to historical
reconstruction on linguistic grounds, and to mapping the linguistic
and cultural diversity of native North America. The obstacle to Boas's
vision of anthropology was not the Bureau but the archaeological and
museum establishment centred in Washington, D.C. and in
Boston. Moreover, the "scientific revolution" was concluded not when
Boas began to teach at Columbia University in New York in 1897 but
around 1920 when first generation Boasians cominated the discipline in
institutional as well as theoretical terms. The impact of Boas is
explored in terms of theoretical positions, interactional networks of
scholars, and institutions within which anthropological work was
carried out. The volume shows how collaboration of universities and
museums gradually gave way to an academic centre for anthropology in
North America, in line with the professionalization of American
science along German lines during the late 19th and early 20th

The author is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Centre for
Research and Teaching of Canadian Native Languages at the University
of Western Ontario, Canada. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada. "It's a measure of any really good book, ..., that it makes
you change your mind. For me, Darnell's work falls squarely into this
category." Keith H. Basso "This is a fascinating and insightful work
that makes a major contribution to documenting the history of
anthropology." Raymond J. DeMallie

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