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LINGUIST List 21.1425

Tue Mar 23 2010

Books: Linguistic Theories/Syntax: van der Hulst (Ed)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Recursion and Human Language: van der Hulst (Ed)

Message 1: Recursion and Human Language: van der Hulst (Ed)
Date: 19-Mar-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Recursion and Human Language: van der Hulst (Ed)
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Title: Recursion and Human Language
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 104
Published: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110219241-1

Editor: Harry van der Hulst
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110219258 Pages: 417 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110219241 Pages: 417 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

The present volume is an edited collection of original contributions which
all deal with the issue of recursion in human language(s). All
contributions originate as papers that were presented at a conference on
the topic of recursion in human language organized by Dan Everett in March
22, 2007. For the purpose of this collection all articles underwent a
double-blind peer-review process. The present chapters were written in the
course of 2008.

Although the 'recursive' nature of linguistic expressions, i.e. the
apparent possibility of producing an infinite number of expressions with
finite means, has been noted for a long time, no general agreement seems to
exist concerning the empirical status as well as mathematical formalization
of this 'characteristic' of human languages or of the grammars that lie
behind these utterances that make up these languages.

Renewed interest in this subject was sparked by recent claims that
'recursion' is perhaps the sole uniquely human and as such universal trait
of human language (cf. Chomsky, Hauser and Fitch 2000). In this volume, the
issue of recursion is tackled from a variety of angles. Some articles cover
formal issues regarding the proper characterization or definition of
recursion, while others focus on empirical issues by examining the kinds of
structure in languages that suggest recursive mechanism in the grammar.
Most articles discuss syntactic phenomena, but several involve morphology,
the lexicon and phonology. In addition, we find discussions that involve
evolutionary notions and language disorders, and the broader cognitive
context of recursion.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Generative Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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