LINGUIST List 9.1288

Wed Sep 16 1998

Books: Comparative & General Grammar

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Message 1: new books: comparative and general grammar

Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 16:37:09 -0700
From: Maureen Burke <mburketavel.stanford.edu>
Subject: new books: comparative and general grammar

COMPARATIVE AND GENERAL GRAMMAR

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Van Geenhoven, Veerle (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,
Nijmegen); SEMANTIC INCORPORATION AND INDEFINITE DESCRIPTIONS: SEMANTIC AND
SYNTACTIC ASPECTS OF NOUN INCORPORATION IN WEST GREENLANDIC; ISBN:
1-57586-132-1 (paper), 1-57586-133-X (cloth); 248 pp. CSLI Publications
1998: http://csli-www.stanford.edu/publications/
email: pubsroslin.stanford.edu. Distributed by Cambridge University Press.

	This volume presents "Semantic Incorporation" as an analysis
accounting for many strking similarities between the semantic properties of
incorporated nouns in West Greenlandic and bare plurals and split noun
phrases in West Germanic language. This analysis uniformly treats these
nominal expressions as predicative indefinites. At the outset, Van
Geenhoven explores the empirical basis for why Semantic Incorporation is
needed. The inability of existing semantic theories of indefinites as well
as current structural approaches to Noun Incorporation to account for the
data observed is then explored, and finally, the work presents Semantic
Incorporation as a subtheory of indefinites. This volume will be of
interest to semanticists, lexicalists, syntacticians and linguists.

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Zoll, Cheryl (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); PARSING BELOW THE
SEGMENT IN A	CONSTRAINT-BASED FRAMEWORK; ISBN: 1-57586-130-5 (paper),
1-57586-131-3 (cloth); 172 pp. CSLI Publications 1998:
http://csli-www.stanford.edu/publications/
email: pubsroslin.stanford.edu. Distributed by Cambridge University Press.

	This book proposes a new way of understanding the behavior of
consonants and vowels in a broad cross-section of the world's languages.
Also introduced is a new model of subsegmental phonology within Optimality
Theory that differs from standard Autosegmental Phonology both in its
limited use of representational distinctions and in the form of the grammar
to which the representations submit. The research focuses particularly on
oating features and ghost segments, and demonstrates that the current
understanding of segmental representation fails to characterize the full
range of subsegmental phenomena found cross-linguistically. Zoll proposes
instead an analysis in which the grammar derives the variety of surface
phenomena from a single underlying representation. The typology that
results from this analysis correctly classies the entire range of behavior
associated with subminimal phonological units. This work thus both enlarges
the empirical foundation on which an adequate theory of segment structure
must be based, and in developing such an account sheds new light on classic
problems of subsegmental parsing.
	The problems dealt with here include classics such as the pattern
of liaison consonants in French, as well as more obscure phenomena such as
the assignment of tone marking in the African languages Mende and Kukuya.
It is the rst book to apply the results of current phonological theory to
this area. This book will be of great interest to linguists and to other
people who are interested in knowing more about sound patterns in language.


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