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LINGUIST List 22.1409

Sat Mar 26 2011

Books: Syntax: Reuland

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        1.     David Weininger , Anaphora and Language Design: Reuland

Message 1: Anaphora and Language Design: Reuland
Date: 25-Mar-2011
From: David Weininger <dgwmit.edu>
Subject: Anaphora and Language Design: Reuland
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Title: Anaphora and Language Design
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs
Published: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
                http://mitpress.mit.edu/

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262515641

Author: Eric J. Reuland
Hardback: ISBN: 0262015056 9780262015059 Pages: 457 Price: U.S. $ 70
Paperback: ISBN: 0262515644 9780262515641 Pages: 457 Price: U.S. $ 35
Abstract:

Pronouns and anaphors (including reflexives such as himself and herself)
may or must depend on antecedents for their interpretation. These
dependencies are subject to conditions that prima facie show substantial
crosslinguistic variation. In this monograph, Eric Reuland presents a
theory of how these anaphoric dependencies are represented in natural
language in a way that does justice to the the variation one finds across
languages. He explains the conditions on these dependencies in terms of
elementary properties of the computational system of natural language. He
shows that the encoding of anaphoric dependencies makes use of components
of the language system that all reflect different cognitive capacities;
thus the empirical research he reports on offers insights into the design
of the language system.

Reuland's account reduces the conditions on binding to independent
properties of the grammar, none of which is specific to binding. He offers
a principled account of the roles of the lexicon, syntax, semantics, and
the discourse component in the encoding of anaphoric dependencies; a window
into the overall organization of the grammar and the roles of linguistic
and extralinguistic factors; a new typology of anaphoric expressions; a
view of crosslinguistic variation (examining facts in a range of languages,
from English, Dutch, Frisian, German, and Scandinavian languages to Fijian,
Georgian, and Malayalam) that shows unity in diversity.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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