James McCawley (1938-1999) was one of the most significant linguists of the
latter half of the twentieth century. His legacy to a generation of
linguists encompasses not only his work in phonology, syntax, semantics,
pragmatics, and the philosophy of language but also his emphasis on
bridging research in linguistics with that in other disciplines, from
anthropology and psychology to physics and biology. This book, written by
his former students--all now scholars in their own right--pays tribute to
McCawley by pursuing questions about language that engaged him during his
career. The variety of perspectives in these essays reflects McCawley's
eclecticism as well as his belief that what is important in scholarly work
is not the analytic framework used but the insights reached.
The book considers topics in phonology; syntax, with several essays on
Indic languages (in which McCawley had a special interest) as well as one
on African-American English; tense, aspect, and mood; semantics and
pragmatics, with essays in these areas grouped together to reflect the
intertwining of McCawley's work on these subjects; knowledge of language;
and the treatment of language, with its implicit colonial biases, in the
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