LINGUIST List 11.47

Thu Jan 13 2000

Books: Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics

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  1. Mike Groseth, New OUP Titles in Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics

Message 1: New OUP Titles in Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 15:23:02 -0500
From: Mike Groseth <MJGOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: New OUP Titles in Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics

Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics

New in paperback!
Edited by Masayoshi Shibatani, Kobe University, Japan, and Theodora
Bynon, University of London

What do all languages have in common, and what gives each language its
individuality? These typological questions are fundamental to
linguistic theory. This collection comprises original contributions
from leading scholars of the major schools of contemporary typological
research, from the Prague School to the Generative Grammar
tradition. Each contributor presents the theoretical foundations and
practical achievements of his or her approach to language typology;
the whole provides a unique overview of a field characterized by its

Contents: 1. Approaches to Language Typology: A Conspectus, Masayoshi
Shibatani and Theodora Bynon 2. Typological Comparison: Towards a
Historical Perspective, Paolo Ramat 3. Prague School Typology, Petr
Sgall 4. Modern Syntactic Typology, William Croft 5. The Diachronic
Typological Approach to Language, Joseph H. Greenberg 6. Typological
Research on Actancy: The Paris RIVALC Group, Gilbert Lazard 7. The St
Petersburg/Leningrad Typology Group, Vladimir P. Nedjalkov and Viktor
P. Litvinov 8. Cognitive-Conceptual Structure and Linguistic Encoding:
Language Universals and Typology in the UNITYP Framework, Hansjakob
Seiler 9. The Principles-and-Parameters Approach: A Comparative Syntax
of Engish and Japanese, Naoki Fukui

1995 (paper June 1999) 400 pp.; 7 line illus
0-19-823866-5 paper $29.95
0-19-824271-9 cloth $75.00

Oxford University Press
FUNCTION, SELECTION, AND INNATENESS: The Emergence of Language Universals
Simon Kirby, University of Edinburgh

"In this important and highly original work Simon Kirby proposes a new
method for addressing a major issue in the explanation of language
universals. If many universals are to be explained by processing
efficiency, then how do the preferences of performance actually become
the fixed, and variant, conventions of grammars that we observe in
current language samples? Kirby's computer simulations model the
'adaptive mechanism', and his discussion of the relationship between
function, selection and innateness is both clarifying and
timely."--John A. Hawkins, Department of Linguistics, University of
Southern California

"A brilliant, innovative computer-simulated exploration into the
problem of linkage--a missing link in the current functional attempts
at explaining language universals: how functional pressures
grammaticalise and become innate properties governing human language
and its acquisition. In these ... richly illustrated ... pages Simon
Kirby succeeds admirably in integrating usage-based functional
approaches and formal, innatist theories. This intelligent,
thought-provoking book is an essential reading for all those concerned
with grammatical theory--functional or formal, language universals,
linguistic typology and historical change."--Masayoshi Shibatani, Kobe

This book is a powerful demonstration of the value of looking at
language as an adaptive system, which reaches the heart of debates in
linguistics and cognitive science on the evolution and nature of
language. Simon Kirby combines functional and formal theories in order
to develop a way of treating language as an adaptive system in which
its communicative and formal roles have crucial and complimentary

June 1999 176 pp.; 41 figs, 6 tables
0-19-823812-6 paper $19.95
0-19-823811-8 cloth $65.00

Oxford University Press

New in paperback!
Edited by Masayoshi Shibatani, Kobe University, Japan, and Sandra
A. Thompson, University of California, Santa Barbara

In this collection a cast of distinguished contributors responds to
and elaborates Charles Fillmore's and Paul Kay's "Construction
Grammar". In contrast to the modular Chomskyan approach which treats
grammatical constructions as epiphenomena, Construction Grammar works
on the premise that constructions function as units of grammar in a
way similar to words, and that their properties derive from complex
interplays between lexicon, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.

Contents: 1. Inalienability and the Interpretation of Modified Noun
Phrases, Claudia Brugman 2. Making One's Way Through the Data, Adele
E. Goldberg 3. Toward a Description of Te-linkage in Japanese, Yoko
Hasegawa 4. Conversational Scorekeeping and the Interpretation of
Conditional Sentences, James D. McCawley 5. Interaction of Factors in
Construal: Japanese Relative Clauses, Yoshiko Matsumoto 6. The
Situated Interpretation of Possessor-Raising, Mary Catherine O'Connor
7. Applicatives and Benefactives: A Cognitive Account, Masayoshi
Shibatani 8. Two Ways to Travel: Verbs of Motion in English and
Spanish, Dan I. Slobin 9. Reasoning, Mappings, and Meta-metaphorical
Conditionals, Eve Sweetser 10. The Windowing of Attention in Language,
Leonard Talmy 11. The Case for `Effector': Case Roles, Agents, and
Agency Revisited, Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. and David P. Wilkins
12. The Interpretation of Deverbal Nominals in Tepehua, James
K. Watters

1996 (paper June 1999) 368 pp.; 7 line illus
0-19-823871-1 paper $29.95
0-19-823539-9 cloth $80.00

Oxford University Press
SPECIFIERS: Minimalist Approaches
Edited by David Adger, Edited by Susan Pintzuk, Edited by Bernadette
Plunkett, and Edited by George Tsoulas, University of York

This book focuses on the most controversial area of phrase structure,
the notion of specifier - a notion encompassing the traditional
categories of subjects, possessors, determiners, auxiliaries, and
adjuncts. It examines what place the notion has in the new theory and
how the projection of specifiers is to be eliminated or extended. The
contributors draw on empirical, theoretical research in
cross-linguistic phenomena and first and second language acquisition.

Contents: Introduction; Specifiers in Generative Grammar; Specifiers
as Secondary Heads; Without Specifiers; Filling and Licensing Multiple
Specifiers; EPP without Spec, IP; Spec-Head Agreement and Case in
Arabic; The Specifier-Adjunct Distinction; The wh effect and Multiple
Wh-fronting; Nominal and Verbal Projections; Dependencies and
Extractions; Movement to Specifiers; Wh and the Locality of Feature
Checking; Specifiers and Finiteness; Spec-Head Relationships in Child
Swedish; Some Specs on Specs in L2 Acquistion.

May 1999 368 pp.; 8 line illus
0-19-823814-2 paper $45.00

Oxford University Press
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