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LINGUIST List 16.3651

Thu Dec 22 2005

Books: Semantics/Syntax/Ling Theories:Chesterman/Progovac

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>


Links to the websites of all LINGUIST's supporting publishers are available at the end of this issue.
Directory
        1.    Joyce Reid, On Definiteness: Chesterman
        2.    Joyce Reid, Negative and Positive Polarity: Progovac


Message 1: On Definiteness: Chesterman
Date: 15-Dec-2005
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: On Definiteness: Chesterman


Title: On Definiteness
Subtitle: A Study with Special Reference to English and Finnish
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 56
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521022873

Author: Andrew Chesterman
Paperback: ISBN: 0521022878 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521022878 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Abstract:

This book proposes a new theory of definiteness in language. It argues that
definiteness should be viewed as a cover-term comprising three basic
oppositions within the areas of familiarity (locatability), quantity
(inclusiveness) and generality (extensivity). Further, the oppositions are
not discrete but scalar, and lend themselves to characterization in terms
of fuzzy theory. Dr Chesterman examines these themes, firstly by drawing on
several traditions of research on the rich system of articles in English,
and then by looking at how the concept of definiteness is realized in
Finnish, a language which has no articles and typically leaves definiteness
to be inferred by a variety of means. On Definiteness provides a thorough
and sensitive discussion of an intricate semantic problem. It highlights
two important theoretical points: the fuzziness of the linguistic concept
of definiteness and the differences between languages in the way in which
they draw the line between syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

1. Introduction
2. English articles: the research traditions
3. English article usage
4. A unified description of the English articles
5. Finnish: no articles
6. Finnish spesies
7. The status of definiteness in Finnish
8. English and Finnish contrasted
9. Wider perspectives
References
Indexes.


Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Finnish (fin)

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=17622


Message 2: Negative and Positive Polarity: Progovac
Date: 15-Dec-2005
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: Negative and Positive Polarity: Progovac


Title: Negative and Positive Polarity
Subtitle: A Binding Approach
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 68
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521023795

Author: Ljiljana Progovac
Paperback: ISBN: 0521023793 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 16.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521023793 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 28.99
Abstract:

In this book, Ljiljana Progovac presents cross-linguistic data on negative
polarity, reflexive binding and the subjunctive mood, and proposes a
unified analysis for various languages, including English and
Serbian/Croatian. She argues that Negative Polarity Items (NPIs), such as
'anyone' and 'ever', are anaphoric in nature and must be bound in their
governing category, while Positive Polarity Items (PPIs), such as 'someone'
and 'already', are subject to Principle B of the Binding Theory. She also
suggests that possible binders (and SUBJECTS) for polarity items are
negation or else a polarity operator in the complementiser of questions,
conditionals, and other clauses with an unfixed truth-value. Her analysis
not only captures many similarities between polarity and anaphora, but also
accounts for a number of hitherto unexplained facts about polarity items.

Preface
Introduction
1. Negative contexts: Serbian/Croatian
2. Negative contexts: English
3. Non-negative polarity contexts
4. Language variation
5. Rhetorical questions
6. Subjunctive: domain extensions
7. Free-choice items
8. Ladusaw and Linebarger
Notes
References
Index


Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Croatian (hrv)

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=17634


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International Pragmatics Assoc. http://ipra-www.uia.ac.be/ipra/
Kingston Press Ltd http://www.kingstonpress.com/
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/
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