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LINGUIST List 16.1248

Tue Apr 19 2005

Qs: Poll About Proverbs; Higgenbotham's Linking Theory

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        1.    Britta Juska-Bacher, Poll About Proverbs
        2.    Tony Marmo, On Higgenbotham's Linking Theory

Message 1: Poll About Proverbs
Date: 19-Apr-2005
From: Britta Juska-Bacher <Britta.Juska-Bacheraccess.unizh.ch>
Subject: Poll About Proverbs

I work at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) on a research project
about proverbs and idioms. With the help of a questionnaire I investigate
in different languages (Dutch, German, Swedish and English) which 16th
century proverbs are still known and which are still in use. The
questionnaire is based on the famous painting by Pieter Bruegel the elder,
the Netherlandish proverbs (1559).

In Dutch, German and Swedish speaking countries numerous people showed
their interest in this research project by participating in the poll
(during the first four weeks I received more than 700 filled-in
questionnaires). I am now looking for native English speakers who want to
participate in the poll.

You can find the questionnaire at

I would also be very grateful if you could forward the link to other people
who you think might be interested.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Britta Juska-Bacher

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (DUT)
English (ENG)
German, Standard (GER)
Swedish (SWD)
Message 2: On Higgenbotham's Linking Theory
Date: 18-Apr-2005
From: Tony Marmo <antonio_marmoEXCITE.COM>
Subject: On Higgenbotham's Linking Theory

The occurence and the behaviour of co-referential nominals in sentences,
under the labels of binding and control, have been classically treated as
mainly syntactic phenomena, where the syntactic structure was licensed by
teleological co-indexation considerations.

Binding and Control theories are the oldest and most resilient component
of Generative thought that has survived to present day. The basic
assumptions and core concepts of Classical Binding and Control theory have
their origins in Langacker (1966), Rosenbaun (1967), Postal (1970),
Jackendoff (1972) (Chapters 4 and 5), Chomsky (1973) and Lasnik (1976),
who had tackled most of the main issues from a transformational
perspective. Thereafter, this conceptual Binding theoretic nucleus has
been re-formulated based on the theoretic refinement and enlargement of
the application of Langacker's (1966) notion of command in Reinhart (1976)
and Chomsky (1980, 1981 and 1982), together and in parallel with Bresnam
(1982) and Manzini (1983). The format of Binding theory has remained
almost unaltered since that time. Later proposals of reformulation, such
as Reinhart and Reuland (1993), Reinhart (1999, 2000), Heim (2004) etc,
have kept the essence of the model virtually intact.

One alternative that I consider at least captivating is Higginbotham's
(1983) Linking theory. But, as far as I know, it has not been used by many.

If anyone reading this post works with James Higginbotham's linking
theory, please let me know about it. Thanks!

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

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