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Sat Apr 1 2000

Books: Generative Phonology and Syntax

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Generative Studies: Clitics, Light Verbs in Japanese, OT Phonology

Message 1: Generative Studies: Clitics, Light Verbs in Japanese, OT Phonology

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:36:33 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Generative Studies: Clitics, Light Verbs in Japanese, OT Phonology

John Benjamins Publishing announces the availability of three new works in 
Generative Studies:

Clitic Phenomena in European Languages.
Frits BEUKEMA and Marcel den DIKKEN (University of Leiden) (eds.)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 30
US & Canada: 1 55619 914 7 / USD 69.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2751 9 / NLG 138.00 (Hardcover)

This book is concerned with a number of central issues in the theory
of clitics, a topic that has become much debated in recent
years. Mainly written within a recent generative framework, its
contrastive approach discusses these issues against the background of
a number of European languages, among which the Balkan Slavic
languages figure prominently. The question as to whether clitics are
to be located in the syntax or in the phonology or in both is
addressed in articles by Bos^kovic, Progovac and Franks, who also
provides a thorough introductory essay to the volume. There are
detailed studies on clitic behavior in Greek relative clauses
(Alexiadou and Anagnostopolou), Bulgarian and English DPs
(Dimitrova-Vulchanova), the various Romance languages (Franco),
Slovene (Golden and Milojevic Sheppard), Albanian and Greek (Kallulli)
and Macedonian (Tomic). Finally, the book contains a discourse-related
description of clitic doubling in Balkan Slavic languages
(Schick). The book should be of interest to any scholar, theoretical
or descriptive, whose research touches upon the central phenomenon of

The Light Verb Construction in Japanese.
The role of the verbal noun.
Tadao MIYAMOTO (University of Victoria)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 29
US & Canada: 1 55619 913 9 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2750 0 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

This study deals with the so-called Light Verb Construction in
Japanese, which consists of the verb "suru" 'do' and an accusative
("o") marked verbal noun (VN). There have been unresolved debates on
the role of "suru": whether "suru" in "VN-o suru" functions as a light
or heavy verb. The previous studies attempt to disambiguate "VN-o
suru" formations by relying solely on examining whether "suru" can be
thematically light or not. This study argues that the ambiguity does
not stem from the 'weight' of "suru" but from its accusative phrase:
whether it is headed by a thematic (complex event) VN or non-thematic
(simple event) VN. Using a principles and parameters approach and
employing ideas from conceptual semantics and theories of aspect, this
study demonstrates that the characterization of "VN-o suru" formations
arises not from the dichotic behavior of "suru" but from the dichotic
behavior of the accusative phrase.

The Derivational Residue in Phonological Optimality Theory.
Ben HERMANS (Tilburg University) and Marc van OOSTENDORP (University of 
Amsterdam) (eds.)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 28
US & Canada: 1 55619 912 0 / USD 89.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2749 7 / NLG 178.00 (Hardcover)

Constraint-based frameworks such as Optimality Theory (OT) have
significantly altered phonologists' views on the nature of derivations
and their role in linguistic theory. Earlier frameworks of generative
phonology were characterized by a fairly complicated theory of
derivations, involving lexical levels, the cycle, and intrinsic and
extrinsic rule ordering, among other things. OT in its standard form,
on the other hand, represents a minimalist theory of derivations,
recognizing only a direct mapping from input to output. This volume
addresses questions from many different points of view by a number of
outstanding scholars: Is this minimal theory sufficiently
well-equipped to deal with the empirical complications of natural
language or do we need a larger 'derivational residue' in our theory?
What are the relevant facts and how can we deal with them? Are there
any reasons to think that an OT-based approach to derivations may even
be more successful than its rule-based competitors? The book also
features an introduction into the general issues involved and an
extensive bibliography.

Contributions by: John Alderete; Mary Bradshaw; Gene Buckley; Matthew
Y. Chen; San Duanmu; Chris Golston; Bruce P. Hayes; Harry van der
Hulst; Ben Hermans; Ren´┐Ż Kager; Marc van Oostendorp; Orhan Orgun;
Rosalind Ruth Roberts-Kohno.

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