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Books: Ling Theories: Reid, Otheguy, Stern (eds.)

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Message 1: Signal, Meaning, and Message: Reid et al (eds.)

Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 12:10:06 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Signal, Meaning, and Message: Reid et al (eds.)

Title: Signal, Meaning, and Message
Subtitle: Perspectives on sign-based linguistics
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 48
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins		 
Editor: Wallis Reid 
Editor: Ricardo Otheguy 
Editor: Nancy Stern 

Hardback: ISBN: 902721557X, Pages: xxii, 413 pp., Price: EUR 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112896, Pages: xxii, 413 pp., Price: USD 99.00

This is the second volume of papers on sign-based linguistics to
emerge from Columbia School linguistics conferences. One set of
articles offers semantic analyses of grammatical features of specific
languages: English full-verb inversion; Serbo-Croatian deictic
pronouns; English auxiliary do; Italian pronouns egli and lui; the
Celtic-influenced use of on (e.g., "he played a trick on me"); a
monosemic analysis of the English verb break. A second set deals with
general theoretical issues: a solution to the problem that noun class
markers (e.g. Swahili) pose for sign-based linguistics; the
appropriateness of statistical tests of significance in text-based
analysis; the word or the morpheme as the locus of paradigmatic
inflectional change; the radical consequences of Saussure's
anti-nomenclaturism for syntactic analysis; the future of "minimalist
linguistics" in a maximalist world. A third set explains phonotactic
patterning in terms of ease of articulation: aspirated and unaspirated
stop consonants in Urdu; initial consonant clusters in more than two
dozen languages. An introduction highlights the theoretical and
analytical points of each article and their relation to the Columbia
School framework. The collection is relevant to cognitive semanticists
and functionalists as well as those working in the sign-based
Jakobsonian and Guillaumist frameworks.

Table of Contents

List of contributors vii-viii 
Introduction ix-xxi 
Part I. Theoretical and Methodological Issues 
(What) do noun class markers mean? 
 Ellen Contini-Morava 3-64 
Rethinking the Place of Statistics in Columbia School Analysis 
 Joseph Davis 65-90
The Linguistic Sign in its Paradigmatic Context: Autonomy Revisited
 Mark J. Elson 91-109 
Part II. Sign-Based Linguistic Analyses 
A Surpassingly Simple Analysis 
 Joseph Davis 113-136 
Serbo-Croatian Deixis: Balancing Attention with Difficulty in
 Radmila J. Gorup 137-155 
Do - One Sign, One Meaning? 
 Walter Hirtle 157-169 
Data, Comprehensiveness, Monosemy 
 Charles Ruhl 171-189
Phonology As human Behavior: Initial Consonant Clusters Across
 Yishai Tobin 191-255 
Celtic Sense in Saxon Garb 
 Michael P. Wherrity 257-271 
Problems of Aspiration in Modern Standard Urdu 
 Abdul Azim 273-307 
Part III. Columbia School in the Context of 20th Century Linguistics 
Cognitive and Semiotic Modes of Explanation in Functional Grammar 
 Alan Huffman 311-337 
The Future of a Minimalist Linguistics in a Maximalist World 
 Robert S. Kirsner 339-371
Saussurean Anti-Nomenclaturism in Grammatical Analysis: A Comparative
Theoretical Perspective
 Ricardo Otheguy 373-403 
Index of Names 405 
Index of Subjects 409

Lingfield(s): Functional & Systemic Ling (Linguistic Theories)
	 Linguistic Theories
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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