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The Social Origins of Language

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Presents a new theoretical framework for the origins of human language and sets key issues in language evolution in their wider context within biological and cultural evolution

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Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-Based Approach

By Thomas Hoffmann

This is the first study that empirically investigates preposition placement across all clause types. The study compares first-language (British English) and second-language (Kenyan English) data and will therefore appeal to readers interested in world Englishes. Over 100 authentic corpus examples are discussed in the text, which will appeal to those who want to see 'real data'

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Canadian Journal of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2014

Call Information:
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As an extension of the DP workshop (Got D?), we propose a special journal edition of CJL on the functional projection D. In particular, we are interested in the universality of D. Is D always necessary (e.g. for argumenthood; Higginbotham 1985; Longobardi 1994, 2000)? Or can a language lack D altogether (Bošković 2010, 2009, 2008; Chierchia 1998; Bošković & Gajewski 2011; Despic 2011)? Or is an intermediate position possible? What features of D are universal (if any; Matthewson 1998; Gillon 2013)? Is definiteness required for the presence of D? Are there different kinds of definiteness (e.g. Frisian determiners)? Can D be a marker of specificity instead of definiteness (as in Samoan; Mosel & Hovdhaugen 1992)?

We are soliciting papers on the topic of D, especially whether D is universal or not, and how we can tell. We are particularly interested in the following questions: What are the consequences of lack/presence of a covert D? How, if at all, does D relate to other functors in a language? How, if at all, does the semantic content of D bear on the interpretations of bare nouns? What predictions does the lack/presence of a covert D make? If a D is indeed lacking, how to account for the definiteness effects? What is the difference between a null definiteness operator and a covert D? Why do the data interpretations from articleless languages pattern differently?

This will be competitive: only the top 6-8 papers will be selected. Please send papers to or by November 1, 2014