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LINGUIST List 21.1950

Fri Apr 23 2010

Books: Cognitive Science/Phonology/Semantics/Syntax: Jackendoff

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        1.    Elyse Turr, Meaning and the Lexicon: Jackendoff

Message 1: Meaning and the Lexicon: Jackendoff
Date: 22-Apr-2010
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Meaning and the Lexicon: Jackendoff
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Title: Meaning and the Lexicon
Subtitle: The Parallel Architecture 1975-2010
Published: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Ray Jackendoff
Hardback: ISBN: 0199568871 9780199568871 Pages: 504 Price: U.S. $ 130.00
Paperback: ISBN: 019956888X 9780199568888 Pages: 504 Price: U.S. $ 55.00

'Meaning and the Lexicon' brings together 35 years of pathbreaking work on
language by Ray Jackendoff. It traces the development of his Parallel
Architecture, in which phonology, syntax, and semantics are independent
generative components, and in which knowledge of language consists of a
repertoire of stored structures. Some of these structures, such as words and
morphemes, are idiosyncratic mappings between phonology, syntax, and
meaning; some, such as idioms, attach meaning to larger syntactic
structures; other structures are purely syntactic or morphosyntactic; and yet
others are pieces of meaning with no syntactic or phonological form. The
Parallel Architecture also seeks to explain and understand how language is
integrated with human cognition, particularly with vision.

Professor Jackendoff examines inherently meaningful syntactic
constructions, incorporating insights from Construction Grammar; and he
looks at how aspects of meaning can be unexpressed but nevertheless
understood, integrating approaches from Generative Lexicon theory. A
recurring focus is the balance in grammar between idiosyncrasy, regularity,
and semiregularity. The chapters cover a wide range of phenomena, from
well-studied domains such as the mass-count distinction, event structure,
resultatives, and noun-noun compounds, to offbeat aspects of English
grammar such as the time-away construction ("We're twistin' the night away"),
contrastive focus reduplication ("Do you LIKE-him-like him?") and the noun-
preposition-noun construction ("week after week").

Ray Jackendoff draws on work in a wide range of fields, including linguistics,
cognitive science, and philosophy. His writing combines depth of thought with
clarity and wit. "Meaning and the Lexicon" will be read and enjoyed by
linguists of all theoretical persuasions, and will be of great interest to
cognitive scientists, philosophers, and anyone interested in how language
operates in the mind, brain, and human communication.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng )

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