LINGUIST List 11.531

Sat Mar 11 2000

Books: Generative Syntax

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Generative Syntax: Focus, Central & Eastern European Langs

Message 1: Generative Syntax: Focus, Central & Eastern European Langs

Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 11:55:28 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Generative Syntax: Focus, Central & Eastern European Langs

Two new works in Generative Linguistics from John Benjamins Publishing:

The Grammar of Focus.
Georges REBUSCHI (Univ of Paris III - Sorbonne nouvelle) and Laurice TULLER 
(Univ of Tours) (eds.)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 24
US & Canada: 1 55619 908 2 / USD 99.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2745 4 / NLG 198.00 (Hardcover)

The grammar of focus has been studied in generative grammar from its
inception. It has been the subject of intense, detailed
cross-linguistic investigation for over 20 years, particularly within
the Principles and Parameters framework. It is appropriate at this
point, therefore, to take stock. Appraisal at this particular point is
all the more legitimate because it comes at a time of general
evaluation of the results of the profound activity that has
characterized the Principles and Parameters framework. This general
assessment has produced a radical new direction within that framework.

The volume starts off with an introductory chapter that aims to
provide an outline for the assessment, to be followed by an overview
of the evolution of the study of focus in generative grammar, and a
recapitulation of the principal issues associated with focus. These
issues are taken up in the remaining chapters of the book, where
various grammatical means of marking focus (as well as
grammaticalization of focus marking) are analyzed in a wide variety of
languages.

Contributions by: Georges Rebuschi and Laurice Tuller; Manuela Ambar;
Josef Bayer; Anne Clech-Darbon; Annie Rialland; Nomi Erteschik-Shir;
Larry Hyman; Sarah D. Kennelly; Ayesha Kidwai; Alain Kihm; Jacqueline
Lecarme; Jon Ortiz de Urbina; Jamal Ouhalla.



Crossing Boundaries.
Advances in the theory of Central and Eastern European languages.
Istv�n KENESEI (Jozsef Attila University, Szeged) (ed.)
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 182
90 272 3688 7 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)
1 55619 959 7 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)

The book contains eleven articles on theoretical problems in Albanian,
Hungarian, Polish, (Old) Russian, Romanian, and the South Slavic
languages of Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, and
Slovenian. They cover topics such as clitics, head and phrasal
movement, the structure of the DP, and clause structure. A number of
papers refer to and make systematic comparisons with languages outside
the region, including Breton, German, Hebrew, and Welsh. Since the
papers were selected from an international conference in Spring 1998
in Szeged, Hungary, they represent the crossing of boundaries in three
senses: the physical sense, by comparing genetically unrelated
languages, and by examining properties of movement across categories.

Contributions by: Alexandra Cornilescu, Marcel den Dikken, Dalina
Kallulli, Katalin �. Kiss, Hilda Koopman and Anna Szabolcsi, Iliyana
Krapova, Ljiljana Progovac, Maria Lu�sa Rivero, Olga Mis^eska Tomic,
Ewa Willim, David Willis.


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