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Title: UG and External Systems
Subtitle: Language, brain and computation
Edited By: Anna Maria Di Sciullo
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2075
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 75

This book explores the interaction of the grammar with the external
systems, conceptual-intentional of the description of the book and
sensori-motor. The papers in the Language section include configurational
analyses of the interface properties of depictives, clitic clusters,
imperatives, conditionals, clefts, as well as asymmetries in the structure
of syllables and feet. The Brain section discusses questions related to
human learning and comprehension of language: the acquisition of compounds,
the acquisition of the definite article, the subject/object asymmetry in
the comprehension of D-Linked vs. non D-linked questions, the evidence for
syntactic asymmetries in American Sign Language, the acquisition of
syllable types, and the role of stress shift in the determination of phrase
ending. The papers in the Computation section present different
perspectives on how the properties of UG can be implemented in a parser;
implementations of different theories including configurational selection,
incorporation, and minimalism; and the role of statistical and quantitative
approaches in natural language processing.

Table of contents

Introduction: UG and External Systems
Anna Maria Di Sciullo vii–xviii


Depictives: Syntactic and interpretive asymmetries
Daniela Isac 3–26

On two issues related to the clitic clusters in Romance languages
Stanca Somesfalean 27–53

On the question of (non)-agreement in the uses of Russian imperatives
Edit Jakab 55–72

Computational puzzles of conditional clause preposing
Nicola Munaro 73–94

Clefts and tense asymmetries
Manuela Ambar 95–127

Generating configurational asymmetries in prosodic phonology
Evan W. Mellander 128–151


Language learnability and the forms of recursion
Thomas Roeper and William Snyder 155–169

The autonomous contribution of syntax and pragmatics to the acquisition of
the Hebrew definite article
Sharon Armon-Lotem and Idit Avram 171–183

D(iscourse)-Linking and question formation: Comprehension effects in
children and Broca's aphasics
Helen Goodluck 185–192

Evidence from ASL and ÖGS for asymmetries in UG
Ronnie B. Wilbur 193–212

Acquisition of phonological empty categories: A case study of early child
Ning Pan and William Snyder 213–222

Prosodic cues during online processing of speech: Evidence from stress
shift in American English
Matt Bauer 223–243


Morpho-syntax parsing
Anna Maria Di Sciullo and Sandiway Fong 247–268

A Minimalist implementation of Hale-Keyser incorporation theory
Sourabh Niyogi and Robert C. Berwick 269–288

Minimalist languages and the correct prefix property
Henk Harkema 289–310

Computation with probes and goals: A parsing perspective
Sandiway Fong 311–333

Deep & shallow linguistically based parsing: Parameterizing ambiguity in a
hybrid parser
Rodolfo Delmonte 335–374

Towards a quantitative theory of variability
Philippe Blache 375–388

Index 389–395

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
Language Variation
Natural Language Processing
Sign Language Acquisition
Generative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): American Sign Language
Language Family(ies): Romance
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116239
ISBN-13: 9781588116239
Pages: xviii, 398
Prices: U.S. $ 182
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Pages: xviii, 398
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