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Wed Jun 24 1998

Books: Morphology and Syntax

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  1. Vivien Eng, Morphology and Syntax

Message 1: Morphology and Syntax

Date: 22 Jun 98 09:52:15 -0400
From: Vivien Eng <>
Subject: Morphology and Syntax


Thomas E. Payne (University of Oregon); Describing Morphosyntax: A
Guide for Field Linguists; ISBN: 0-521-58224-5; Hardback, 6 X 9, 430
pp.; Pub. Date: 10/31/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press;

	This book is a guide for linguistic fieldworkers who wish to
write a description of the morphology and syntax of one of the world's
many underdocumented languages. It offers readers who work through it
one possible outline for a grammatical description, with many
questions designed to help them address the key topics. Appendices
offer guidance on text and elicited data, and on sample reference
grammars that readers might wish to consult. This will be a valuable
resource to anyone engaged in linguistic fieldwork.; Contents:
Introduction; 1. Demographic and ethnographic information;
2. Morphological typology; 3. Grammatical categories; 4. Constituent
order typology; 5. Noun and noun-phrase operations; 6. Predicate
nominals and related constructions; 7. Grammatical relations;!
8. Voice and valence adjusting operations; 9. Other verb and
veb-phrase operations; 10. Pragmatically marked structures; 11. Clause
combinations; 12. Conclusions: the language in use; Appendix 1: On
text and elicited data; Appendix 2: Sample reference grammars;
References; Indexes; 

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Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change; ISBN: 0-521-58402-7; Hardback, 6
X 9, 556 pp.; Ans van Kemenade, ed. (Free University of Amsterdam);
Pub. Date: 6/30/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $74.95; 

	The relationship between changes in (inflectional) morphology
and the consequences of these changes in syntax has been a perennial
issue in historical linguistics. The contributors to this volume
address the issue of how to model the phenomena of syntactic and
morphological change within recent frameworks, including the
Minimalist Programme. Topics addressed include the way categories like
aspect and mood interact over time with the valency of verbs; the
nature of changes in verb placement; the changing division of labor
between different types of argument marking--case, word order,
clitics, agreement.^L The volume contains chapters by many of the
leading scholars in the field. There is a substantial introduction
which reviews the development of ideas in generative histori! cal
syntax over the last fifteen years, and assesses the distinctive
properties of the generative position. The volume will appeal to those
working in theoretical syntax, and also to specialists in the history
of German, French and the Romance and Germanic languages more
broadly.; Contents: Introduction: Parameters and morphosyntactic
change Ans van Kemenade and Nigel Vincent; Part I. Aspect, argument
structure and case selection: 1. The interdependence of cas, aspect
and referentiality in the history of German Werner Abraham; 2. The
rise of the article in the Germanic languages Julia Philippi; 3. The
diachronic development of a modal verb of necessity Paola Beninca and
Cecilia Poletto; 4. Auxiliary verbs in Old and Middle French Philip
H. Miller; 5. Commentary on part I: aspect, argument structure and
case selection Alessandra Tomaselli; Part II. Clitics: 6. The
emergence of the D-system in Romance Nigel Vincent; 7. On two
locations for complement clitic pronouns Maria Luisa ! Rivero; 8. On
the integration of second position phenomena Josep M second and comp:
9. Shifting triggers and diachronic reanalyses David Lightfoot;
10. Viewing change in progress Alison Henry; 11. Verb movement in Old
and Middle English Anthony Kroch and Ann Taylor; 12. V2 and embedded
topicalization in Old and Middle English Ans van Kemenade;
13. Qu'est-ce que ce que: the diachronic evolution of a French
complementizer Laurie Zaring and Paul Hirschbuhler; 14. The structure
of parametric change, and V-movement in the history of English Anthony
Warner; Part IV. Scrambling and morphological change:
15. Directionality and word orderchange in the history of English Ian
Roberts; 16. On the relation between morphological and syntactic case
Fred Weerman; 17. The rise of positional licensing Paul Kiparsky; The
papers by Kiparsky, Roberts and Weerman: an epilogue Hoskuldur
Thrainsson; References; Index.; 

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John M. Anderson (University of Edinburgh); A Notional Theory of
Syntactic Categories; ISBN: 0-521-58023-4; Hardback, 6 X 9, 365 pp.;
Pub. Date: 4/28/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press ; $69.95;

	This book presents an innovative theory of syntactic
categories and the lexical classes they define. It revives the
traditional idea that these are to be distinguished notionally
(semantically). The author proposes a notation based on semantic
features that accounts for the syntactic behavior of classes. The book
also presents a case for considering this classification--again in a
rather traditional vein--to be basic to determining the syntactic
structure of sentences.; Contents: 1. Prelude; 2. Fundamentals of a
notional theory; 3. The syntax of categories.; 

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Andrea Moro (Istituto Scientifico H San Raffaele, Milan); The Raising
of Predicates: Predicative Noun Phrases and the Theory of Clause
Structure; ISBN: 0-521-56233-3; Hardback, 6 X 9, 328 pp.; Pub. Date:
1/13/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $64.95; 

	One of the basic premises of the theory of syntax is that
clause structures can be minimally identified as containing a verb
phrase, playing the role of predicate, and a noun phrase, playing the
role of subject. In this study Andrea Moro identifies a new category
of copular sentences, namely inverse copular sentences, where the
predicative noun phrase occupies the position that is canonically
reserved for subjects. In the process, he sheds new light on such
classical issues as the distribution and nature of expletives,
locality theory and cliticization phenomena.; Contents: 1. The anomaly
of copular sentences: the raising of predicates; 2. The syntax of ci;
3. Are there parameters in semantics? The defining properties of e!
xistential sentences; 4. The 'quasi-copula': on the role of finite
clauses in seem-sentences; 5. A view beyond: unaccusativity as an
epiphenomenon; Appendix: a brief history of the copula.; 

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