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Query:   referential determiners
Author:  Tania R Ionin
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics

Summary:   DEAR ALL,

ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO, IN LINGUIST POSTING 13.719, I ASKED A QUESTION
ABOUT HOW SPECIFICITY AND REFERENTIALITY ARE ENCODED ACROSS LANGUAGES. I'M
INVESTIGATING ARTICLE USE IN L2-ENGLISH, AND AM INTERESTED IN COMPARING IT
TO ARTICLE SYSTEMS THAT EXIST IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES, FOCUSSING ON THE
ISSUES OF SPECIFICITY AND REFERENTIALITY IN PARTICULAR. I AM VERY GRATEFUL
TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO RESPONDED TO MY QUERY WITH INFORMATION ON ARTICLE
USE IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES, AS WELL AS REFERENCES TO L1 AND L2 LITERATURE ON
ARTICLES AND SPECIFICITY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING LINGUISTS
FOR RESPONDING TO MY QUERY:

LENA AGATHOPOULOU, AGATHO@ENL.AUTH.GR
ASHISHMEHTA@EXPRESS2.INDEXP.CO.IN
GULSAT AYGEN, AYGEN@FAS.HARVARD.EDU
DR BJOERN HANSEN, BH247@CAM.AC.UK
CHRISTIAN DUETSCHMANN, CLDUE@UNICUM.DE
YURA LANDER, LAND_YU@PISEM.NET
JACQUELINE LECARME, LECARME@CRA.CNRS.FR
KATALIN MADY, MADY@MKG.MED.TU-MUENCHEN.DE
ILANA MEZHEVICH, M_ILANA@HOTMAIL.COM
WILLIAM MORRIS, WMORRIS@CS.UCSD.EDU
TOM ROEPER, ROEPER@MAILSRV-UNIX.OIT.UMASS.EDU
JEANNETTE SCHAEFFER, JSCHAEF@BGUMAIL.BGU.AC.IL
J L SPERANZA, JLS@NETVERK.COM.AR
DANIJELA TRENKIC, D.TRENKIC@HW.AC.UK
STEPHEN WILSON, STEPHENW@UCLA.EDU
SHARON UNSWORTH, SHARON.UNSWORTH@LET.UU.NL
NIINA ZHANG, ZHANG@ZAS.GWZ-BERLIN.DE


BELOW IS AN ALPHABETIZED LIST OF REFERENCES THAT I RECEIVED AS A RESULT OF
MY QUERY. LYONS'S (1999) BOOK WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BY MANY, AND I FOUND
IT AN EXCELLENT REVIEW OF ARTICLE SYSTEMS ACROSS LANGUAGES. I WOULD HIGHLY
RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE A CROSS-LINGUISTIC REVIEW OF
DEFINITENESS, REFERENTIALITY, AND SPECIFICITY. GEURTS'S (2002) ARTICLE,
RECOMMENDED BY YURA LANDER, IS ALSO A GREAT CROSS-LINGUISTIC REVIEW.
VARIOUS OTHER PAPERS IN THE LIST BELOW ALSO EXPLORE ARTICLE USE AND/OR
DEFINITENESS/SPECIFICITY IN NATURAL LANGUAGE.

IN REGARDS TO ACQUISITION, INTERESTING RESULTS CONCERNING ARRTICLE USAGE
AND SPECIFICITY IN L1-ENGLISH ACQUISITION CAN BE FOUND IN THE PAPERS OF
MATTHEWSON AND SCHAEFFER, AND OF MATTHEWSON, BRYANT, AND ROEPER, WHICH
COMPARE ARTICLE USE IN CHILD ENGLISH TO THAT IN ADULT SALISH. THANKS TO
JEANNETTE SCHAEFFER AND TOM ROEPER, RESPECTIVELY, FOR MAKING THESE PAPERS
AVAILABLE TO ME. AS FOR L2-ACQUISITION, THE THESIS AND THE (2002) PAPER OF
DANIJELA TRENKIC INVESTIGATE ARTICLE USE IN L2-ENGLISH, INCLUDING ARTICLE
USE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF NPS (CONCRETE VS. ABSTRACT). THANKS TO
DANIJELA FOR MAKING HER PAPERS AVAILABLE TO ME.

BELOW THE REFERENCE LIST, I HAVE APPENDED SOME INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES, WHICH
DISCUSS ARTICLES AND SPECIFICITY CROSS-LINGUISTICALLY.


REFERENCES:

AYGEN, GULSAT. 1999. SPECIFICITY AND SUBJECT-OBJECT POSITIONS / SCOPE
INTERACTIONS IN TURKISH. IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE I INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
IN TURKIC LINGUISTICS, MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY, MANCHESTER.

DIXON. 1994. ERGATIVITY. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

ENC, M. 1991. THE SEMANTICS OF SPECIFICITY. LINGUISTIC INQUIRY 22(1),
1-25.

GEURTS, BART. 2002: SPECIFIC INDEFINITES, PRESUPPOSITION, AND SCOPE. TO
APPEAR IN: R. BDUERLE, U. REYLE, AND T.E. ZIMMERMANN (EDS.),
PRESUPPOSITIONS AND DISCOURSE. ELSEVIER, OXFORD. AVAILABLE AT
HTTP://WWW.KUN.NL/PHIL/TFL/BART/

GIVON, TALMY. 1978. DEFINITENESS AND REFERENTIALITY. IN
J.H.GREENBERG(ED.), UNIVERSALS OF HUMAN LANGUAGE, VOL. 4, STANFORD.

GUNDEL, J. K., N. HEDBERG & R. ZACHARSKI, 'GIVENNESS, IMPLICATURE & THE
FORM OF REFERRING EXPRESSIONS IN DISCOURSE', IN K. HALL, ED, THE LEGACY OF
GRICE. BERKELEY: BERKELEY LINGUISTICS SOCIETY. 16TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
BERKELEY LINGUISTICS SOCIETY.

HIMMELMANN, NIKOLAUS P. 1997. DEIKTIKON, ARTIKEL, NOMINALPHRASE : ZUR
EMERGENZ SYNTAKTISCHER STRUKTUR. T|BINGEN : NIEMEYER. (LINGUISTISCHE
ARBEITEN ; 362) ISBN 3-484-30362-X

HIMMELMANN, NIKOLAUS P. 2001. OVERVIEW ARTICLE ON

LL Issue: 13.1014
Date Posted: 12-Apr-2002
Original Query: Read original query