LINGUIST List 15.2146

Mon Jul 26 2004

FYI: Dependency Phonology and Notional Grammar Site

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Message 1: Dependency Phonology and Notional Grammar Website

Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 06:18:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: Karl Heinz Wagner <khwagneruni-bremen.de>
Subject: Dependency Phonology and Notional Grammar Website


A new website of Dependency Phonology and Notional Grammar (DPNG) has
been launched:

http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/linguistik/dpng

The purpose of this site is the dissemination of information on
Dependency Phonology and Notional Grammar modes of phonological
and grammatical theorizing which are driven by the assumption that the
grouping of the basic elements of phonological and grammatical
structure into classes and the tactic combination of members of these
classes into constructions is determined by their phonetic and
notional substance respectively.

While DP enjoys some familiarity among workers in phonology (as
witnessed by the fact that it has found its way into a number of
phonology textbooks), the community has been somewhat slow in
embracing its theoretical analogue in syntax, Notional Grammar.

NG's basic tenet has it that the categories of the syntax are
semantically or notionally 'grounded', just as phonological categories
are phonetically. According to NG, then, the minimal requirement of a
syntactic theory, viz. accounting for the distributional properties of
syntactic classes, can only be met by a conception of syntactic
categories which attributes to them notional, ontological content. NG
thus offers a distinct perspective of bridging the divide between
'functionalist' and 'formalist' (though perhaps not 'autonomist')
approaches to syntax.

The Dependency Phonology and Notional Grammar pages host information
such as basic introductions, selected papers and pre-publications,
relevant links etc.

Best
Karl Heinz Wagner 
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