Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34674

Still Needed:

$40326

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Book Information

   

Title: Freedom of Analysis?
Edited By: Sylvia Blaho
Patrik Bye
Martin Krämer
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detail.cfm?id=IS-9783110193596-1
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 95
Description:

This volume draws together papers that argue for a renewed focus on the
role of hard constraints on phonological representations as well as the
processes that operate on them. These are issues that have been sidelined
since the shift in emphasis in phonological research to functionally
grounded output-oriented constraints. Taking Optimality Theory as their
starting point, the articles attack the question to what degree the
Generator function Gen should be given freedom of analysis on three fronts.

(1) What is the nature of the representations that Gen manipulates? Is a
return to more articulated theories of segmental and prosodic
representation desirable?

(2) What restrictions might there be on the operations that Gen carries out
on representations? Should Gen be endowed with structure-changing
potential, as assumed in work couched within Correspondence Theory, or is a
return to the principle of Containment preferable? Should Gen be restricted
in the number of edits it can carry out at any one time? Should Gen be
restricted to generating phonetically interpretable candidates?

(3) What is the relationship between Gen and functionally arbitrary or
opaque phonological patterns? Should Gen's freedom be restricted in order
to account for language-specific phonology?

The solutions offered to these questions bear significantly on current
issues that are of fundamental concern in linguistic theory, including
representations, parallelism vs. serialism, and the division of labour
between linguistic modules. The authors scrutinize these issues using data
from a variety of unrelated languages, including Czech, English, Greek,
Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Lardil, Spanish, Turkish, and Yowlumne.

Prices are subject to change. Prices do not include postage and handling.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Phonology
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110193590
ISBN-13: 9783110193596
Pages: 330
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 137.00