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LINGUIST List 16.3011

Tue Oct 18 2005

Books: Syntax/Discourse Analysis: Burkhardt

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Syntax-Discourse Interface: Burkhardt

Message 1: The Syntax-Discourse Interface: Burkhardt
Date: 06-Oct-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Syntax-Discourse Interface: Burkhardt

Title: The Syntax-Discourse Interface
Subtitle: Representing and interpreting dependency
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 80
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2080

Author: Petra Burkhardt, Philipps University Marburg
Hardback: ISBN: 9027228043 Pages: xii, 259 Price: U.S. $ 132.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027228043 Pages: xii, 259 Price: Europe EURO 110.00

This book combines theoretical and experimental aspects of the
establishment of dependency. It provides an account of dependency relations
by focusing on the representation and interpretation of referentially
dependent elements, particularly regular reflexives, logophors, and
pronouns. First, the establishment of dependency is discussed within a
model of syntax-discourse correspondences that predicts an economy-based
dependency hierarchy contingent on the level of representation at which the
dependency is formed as well as the internal structure of the dependent
element and its antecedent. Secondly, the model's predictions are
substantiated by a series of experimental studies (conducted in English and
Dutch) providing evidence from three sources of online sentence
comprehension: reaction time studies, Broca's aphasia patient studies, and
event-related brain potential studies. The findings show that dependencies
are established at distinct levels of linguistic encoding (i.e. syntax or
discourse) determined by the presence or absence of coargumenthood and the
representation of the dependency-forming elements.

Table of contents

Preface xi
Introduction 1-14
Coreference: Representational background 15-58
Syntax-discourse correspondances: The model 59-101
Evidence from processing: CMLD interference paradigm 103-151
Evidence from processing: Aphasia research 153-170
Evidence from processing: Event-related potentials 171-213
The syntax-discourse interface: Representation and processing 215-220
Notes 221-238
References 239-255
Index 257-259

"I immensely enjoyed reading this book. It is a must for anyone interested
in the way our mind processes language. It offers an intriguing perspective
on the relation between the architecture of the grammar and the
organization of the human interpretive system."
Eric Reuland, Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS

"Drawing on results from cross-modal studies, from aphasiology, and from
ERP research, not to mention a range of current descriptive frameworks
characterizing antecedent-anaphor relations under a variety of grammatical
and semantic conditions, Petra Burkhardt has produced significant work that
represents essential reading for anyone investigating the syntax-discourse
interface and brain/language research."
Laurence R. Horn, Yale University

"Burkhardt's work represents a comprehensive and careful application of
psycholinguistic methods to one of the most interesting linguistic issues,
that is the issue of linguistic dependencies. Having conducted a series of
well-designed and creative experiments, Burkhardt is able to demonstrate
how theoretical considerations find a direct reflection in the way language
system is organized. A wide variety of experiments ranging from studies
with Broca's aphasics to EEG/ERP experimentation with unimpaired adults
make the claims particularly strong. A very well written and deeply
informed linguistically, this book will be of clear interest both to
students and professionals in many fields of psycholinguistics."
Sergey Avrutin, Head of the Experimental Psycholinguistics Research
Department, Utrecht University

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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