LINGUIST List 7.368

Sat Mar 9 1996

Available for Review: Books Available

Editor for this issue: T. Daniel Seely <>

Once again, we are posting notices of new books and/or software which are available for discussion. If you would like to lead a discussion on one of the available works, you should contact Daniel Seely at: We expect that commentary will be informal and interactive, and we hope that the author(s) of the works will join in.


  1. Daniel Seely, Books now available for review

Message 1: Books now available for review

Date: Fri, 08 Mar 1996 10:16:03 EDT
From: Daniel Seely <>
Subject: Books now available for review
I now have copies of the following books and can
send them out for review. Please let me know if
you are interested.

Lynn Frazier and Charles Clifton, Jr., CONSTRUAL
 This book presents a new theory of sentence processing; one allowing a
 very limited type of underspecification in the syntactic analysis of
 The MIT Press (1996)

 SIGNS OF WRITING is the first book to provide a new general theory of
 writing in over forty years. Harris disputes the supposition that
 writing is peripheral to linguistic study and provides a unique
 argument for its vitality to our understanding of language,
 communication and cognition. Addressing the nature of writing and
 discussing how it differs from all other forms of human communication,
 he shows how musical, mathematical and other forms of writing obey the
 same principles as verbal writing--principles which govern texts of
 all kinds.
 Routledge (1996)

Gareth King, BASIC WELSH A Grammar and Workbook
 Unique in its combination of detailed grammar and challenging
 exercises, this workbook is an important supplement to any study in
 modern Welsh language. With emphasis on colloquial, spoken Welsh as
 used by modern-day native speakers, BASIC WELSH is intended as a
 grammar-based self tutor for those in the earlier stages of learning
 Welsh. Features include almost forty grammar points with full
 explanations; a wide range of increasingly challenging exercises; an
 answer key for each test; and a Welsh/English-English/Welsh glossary.
 Routledge Grammars
 Routledge (1996)

 Presents in a single volume a comprehensive history from ancient times
 through to the twentieth century, and going beyond traditional
 Eurocentric accounts to cover a broad geographical spread. There is
 also a concentration on those approaches in linguistic theory expected
 to have direct relevance to work being done at the beginning of the
 21st century.
 Published by Elsevier Science (1995)

Richard Larson and Gabriel Segal, KNOWLEDGE OF MEANING: An Introduction 
 to Semantic Theory
 The only introduction to truth-theoretic semantics for natural
 languages,integrating semantic theory into the modern Chomskyian program
 in linguistic theory and research in cognitive psych. and philosophy.
 The MIT Press (1995)

 Here together for the first time are all of Frederick J. Newmeyer's
 writings on the origins and development of generative grammar.
 Spanning a period of fifteen years, the essays in GENERATIVE
 LINGUISTICS address the nature of the "Chomskyan Revolution", the deep
 structure debates of the 1970s, The Chicago Linguistic Society, the
 structure of the field of linguistics and its consequences for women
 and the attempts to apply generative theory to second language
 aquisition. These articles, many of which have never been published
 before, will inevitably fan the flames of controversy still raging in
 the field. Newmeyer's audacious conclusions and his argument that
 generative semantics collapsed because it was empirically disproved
 challenge much current thinking.
 History of Linguistic Thought
 Routledge (1996)

 Presents a theory of lexical semantics that addresses multiplicity of
 word meanings, or how we are able to give an infinite number of senses
 to words with finite means. This first formally-elaborated theory of a
 generative approach to word meaning lays the foundation for an
 implemented computational treatment of word meaning that connects
 explicity to a compositional semantics. 
 The MIT Press (1996)
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