It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
The Interfaces: Deriving and Interpreting Omitted Structures is a collection of never-before-published papers that explore the nature of the interfaces of syntax with semantics, phonology, and discourse. The papers investigate the various ways in which elliptical structures are related to these interfaces. As such, they not only make a valuable contribution to generative linguistic research but, more generally, help to deepen our understanding of the relation between form and meaning in natural language. In the book’s introductory chapter, the editors address general issues related to current work on ellipsis and the syntax/semantics, syntax/phonology and syntax/discourse interfaces. The rest of the book is organized into three parts. The first examines PF-deletion accounts of elliptical structures; the second investigates these structures from the perspective of the syntax/semantic interface; and the third explores these from a perspective that concentrates on the relation between semantics and focus and discourse structure. Together the papers collected in this volume offer a convincing demonstration of the value of collaborative research on the ‘interfaces’.
Table of contents
Exploring the interfaces from the perspective of omitted structures Edited by Kerstin Schwabe and Susanne Winkler 1 I. Towards the exploration of PF-deletion accounts
Ellipsis and syntactic representation Contributors: Christopher Kennedy 29 Subject-Auxiliary Inversion in comparatives and PF output constraints Contributors: Jason Merchant 55 Antecedent-Containment and ellipsis Contributors: Chris Wilder 79 Background matching in Right Node Raising constructions Contributors: Katharina Hartmann 121 II. From the computational system to the syntax semanticss interface
Merge Copy Contributors: Caterina Donati 155 Phrase Structure Paradoxes, movement and ellipsis Contributors: Winfried Lechner 177 Unpronounced heads in relative clauses Contributors: Uli Sauerland 205 Variation at the syntax-semantics interface: Evidence from Gapping Contributors: Luis López and Susanne Winkler 227 III. The semantic component and its connection to focus and discourse structure
Ellipsis and the structure of discourse Contributors: Daniel Hardt 251 Correlate restriction and definiteness effect in ellipsis Contributors: Maribel Romero 263 F-marking and specificity in Sluicing constructions Contributors: Kerstin Schwabe 301 The semantics of Japanese null pronouns and its cross-linguistic implications Contributors: Satoshi Tomioka 321 Omission impossible? Topic and focus in Focal Ellipsis Contributors: Petra Gretsch 341 References 367 Name index 389 Subject index 395