LINGUIST List 11.695

Tue Mar 28 2000

Books: Syntax, Semantics, English Language

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  1. Mike Groseth, Semantics, Pragmatics, & Philosophy of Language
  2. Mike Groseth, Syntax & Morphology: E. Benmamoun, S. Franks, T. H. King, C. Poletto
  3. Mike Groseth, English Language & English Dictionaries

Message 1: Semantics, Pragmatics, & Philosophy of Language

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 09:48:44 -0500
From: Mike Groseth <MJGOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: Semantics, Pragmatics, & Philosophy of Language

Theodore B. Fernald, Swarthmore College

A distinction is made in formal semantics between "stage-level
predicates," predicates that describe the general state of a noun, and
"individual-level predicates," predicates that specify the specific
properties of a noun. Fernald investigates various contexts in which
this distinction is traditionally said to come into play. His aim is
to show that the effects displayed are not uniform, and that the
differences between the analyses proposed in the literature arise from
the authors considering different subsets of data that they take to
exemplyify the "core" meaning of the stage/individual
distinction. Fernald presents alternatives and extensions that shed
light on the limitations of previous theories, as well as making
original observations about important aspects of the topic, including
coercion, and perceptual reports vs. other phenomena.

February 2000 176 pp.
0-19-511435-3 $39.95

Oxford University Press

English Discourse
Maryann Overstreet, University of Hawaii, Manoa

(Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics)

This innovative work provides the first comprehensive account of
general extenders ("or something," "and stuff," "or whatever").
Combining insights from linguistics, cognitive psychology, and
interactional sociolinguistics, the author demonstrates that these
small phrases are not simply vague expressions, but have a powerful
role in making interpersonal communication work. The audience for this
book includes linguists, scholars of English, teachers of English as a
first and a second language, sociolinguists, psycholinguists, and
communications researchers.

February 2000 184 pp.; 1 halftone, 13 line illus
0-19-512574-6 $39.95
Oxford University Press

MEANING IN LANGUAGE: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics
Alan Cruse, University of Manchester

(Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics)

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which
meaning is conveyed in language. It covers topics normally considered
to fall under pragmatics, as well as semantic matters. The author
seeks, above all, to display and to explain the richness and subtlety
of meaning, and to that end provides abundant examples throughout the
text. Numerous exercises (and suggested answers) are provided at
every stage.

March 2000 416 pp.; b/w figs.
0-19-870010-5 paper $24.95
Oxford University Press
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Message 2: Syntax & Morphology: E. Benmamoun, S. Franks, T. H. King, C. Poletto

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 09:49:55 -0500
From: Mike Groseth <MJGOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: Syntax & Morphology: E. Benmamoun, S. Franks, T. H. King, C. Poletto

Comparative Study of Arabic Dialects
Elabbas Benmamoun, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax)

Focusing on the relation between functional categories and lexical and
phrasal categories in Arabic dialects, Benmamoun proposes that
universally functional categories are specified for categorial
features which determine their relation with lexical
categories. Language variation is attributed to differences with
respect to the categorial feature specifications of functional
categories and how they interact with lexical categories. The book
brings new insights to issues related to the syntax of functional
categories, the relation between syntax and the morpho-phonological
component, and comparative syntax.

February 2000 192 pp.
0-19-511995-9 paper $19.95
0-19-511994-0 cloth $45.00

Oxford University Press

Steven Franks, Indiana University, and Tracy Holloway King

(Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax)

Clitics are grammatical elements that are treated as independent words
in syntax but form a phonological unit with the word that precedes or
follows it. This volume brings together the facts about clitics in the
Slavic languages, where they have become a focal points of recent
research. The authors draw relevant generalizations across the Slavic
languages and highlight the importance of these phenomena for
linguistic theory.

March 2000 424 pp.
0-19-513588-1 paper $35.00
0-19-511712-3 cloth $65.00

Oxford University Press

THE HIGHER FUNCTIONAL FIELD: Evidence from Nothern Italian Dialects
Celia Poletto, CNR Consiglio Nazionale deffe Richerche, National
Research Foundation

(Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax)

This work investigates the syntax of the higher portion of the
functional structure of the clause using comparative data from
hundreds of Northern Italian dialects. The area contains dialects that
are different in most ways yet homogenous syntactically, making it an
ideal ground for analyzing micro-variations in syntax. The book sheds
new light on debated problems such as subject-clitic inversion, verb
movement and subject positions, and the structure of the higher
functional phrases.

March 2000 240 pp.
0-19-513357-9 paper $35.00
0-19-513356-0 cloth $65.00

Oxford University Press
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Message 3: English Language & English Dictionaries

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 09:51:20 -0500
From: Mike Groseth <MJGOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: English Language & English Dictionaries

ENGLISH DICTIONARIES, 800-1700: The Topical Tradition

Werner Hullen, Professor Emeritus, University of Essen

This fascinating study explores the so-called topical,
i.e. non-alphabetical, word-lists which appeared between the
beginnings of written culture and 1700. A form of early dictionary,
these lists followed the influential paradigms of theology,
philosophy, and natural history of the time, providing us with
evidence on cultural history and linguistic development. Professor
H´┐Żllen draws on many examples to provide an insight into this
lexicographical tradition.

March 2000 480 pp.
0-19-823796-0 $120.00
Oxford University Press

A. P. Cowie, University of Leeds
(Oxford Studies in Lexicography and Lexicology)

This is the first history of dictionaries of English for foreign
learners, from their beginnings in Japan and East Asia in the 1920s to
the present day. Anthony Cowie describes the evolution of the major
titles, and their fight for dominance of what soon became an enormous
market. He shows how developments in lexical and grammatical theory
crucially affected the content and structure of ELT dictionaries.

February 2000 240 pp.; 16 tables, 1 figure illus.
0-19-823506-2 $72.00

Oxford University Press
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