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Message 1: New Publications of Summer Institute of Linguistics

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 14:36:10 -0400
From: grace_fuqua <grace_fuquaSIL.ORG>
Subject: New Publications of Summer Institute of Linguistics

 Longacre, Robert E., editor; JOURNAL OF TRANSLATION AND
 1998 ISSN: 1055-4513; $7.95 Summer Institute of Linguistics.

 David M. Russell The Strategy of a First-Century Appeals
 		Letter: A Discourse Reading of Paul's Epistle to Philemon
 Susan J. Hugghins Analysis of a Mixtec Hortatory Text:
 		A Nonlinear Approach in Southeastern Nochixtlan Mixtec
 Ernst R. Wendland "Dear Children" Versus the "Antichrists":
 		The Rhetoric of Reassurance in First John
 Perry L. Blackburn Adjusting the Canon: A Literary Theoretic Look
		at the Practice of

New Book Titles from SIL

 Burquest, Donald A., & Edmondson, Jerold A. authors, A SURVEY
 xiii+259 pp., 1998, 3rd edition, $29.00, Summer Institute of

 This book is designed as a textbook and is intended to present
 a sample of the more popular approaches to linguistic
 theorizing. Included are discussions on tagmemics, generative
 transformational grammar, stratificational linguistics,
 Montague grammar, generalized phrase structure grammar,
 lexical-functional grammar, relational grammar, and functional
 approaches to grammar. The information on generative
 transformational grammar in chapter five has been revised
 extensively. The material on Principles and Parameters Syntax,
 Relational Grammar, and Functionalist Models has also been
 expanded and updated. Different aspects of each theory are
 covered including general ontology, methodology, world view,
 and certain specifics including its problem-solving capacity
 with regards to the English auxiliary complex. A brief summary
 of the salient points of each theory is given at the end of
 each discussion.

 Wannemacher, Mark W., author; ASPECTS OF ZAIWA PROSODY: An
 Autosegmental Account. Pb. ISBN:1-556781-054-2; viii+164 pp.,
 1998, $29.00 Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University
 of Texas at Arlington.

 The purpose of this study is to provide a generative and
 autosegmental phonological analysis of the Zaiwa language with
 emphasis on prosodic components. This is a preliminary
 phonology of Zaiwa with a relatively complete treatment of all
 phonological aspects, concentrating on suprasegmental
 components. The generative/autosegmental framework employed
 incorporates feature geometry in a manner that provides a view
 of the interaction of segmentals and suprasegmentals. In
 particular, the interaction of voice quality, tone, and
 consonantal features are presented using feature geometry and
 underspecification in order to differentiate lexical tone from
 derived tone. It is the author's goal to provide a basis for
 understanding the processes occurring in Zaiwa phonology and
 provide helpful insights in understanding similar processes in
 other Tibeto-Burman languages. Mark Wannemacher has lived in
 Southeast Asia for eight years and his research on the Zaiwa
 language has been conducted over the past six years with
 speakers from various dialect areas.

 DISCOURSE. Pb. ISBN: 1-55671-063-1; x+90 pp., 1999, $29.00
 Summer Institute of Linguistics, and the University of Texas at

 The temporal categories of tense and aspect have received much
 attention in linguistic literature. But often scholars
 concentrate on their grammatical description without regard to
 their function in discourse. This work is a comprehensive and
 systematic description of the function of tense and aspect in
 the Obolo language. The data for this study are ten texts,
 both written and oral, from the Ngo dialect of Obolo, which is
 spoken in southeastern coastal Nigeria. They represent the four
 main discourse genres of narrative, procedural, expository, and
 hortatory. In the model adopted for this work, the discussion
 of tense and aspect in the sentence correlates with the
 referential component, while the discussion of the discourse
 functions of tense and aspect correlates with the textual
 component. Uche Aaron is a citizen of Nigeria and a native
 speaker of Obolo. In 1983 he received a master of arts degree
 in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington, and
 in 1994 he was awarded a Ph. D. in linguistics from the
 University of California at Santa Barbara.

 Bickford, Albert A, author; TOOLS FOR ANALYZING THE WORLD'S
 LANGUAGES: Morphology and Syntax. Pb. ISBN: 1-55671-047-x;
 x+400 pp., 1998. $39.00. Summer Institute of Linguistics.

 In this expansion of work by John Daly, Larry Lyman, and Mary
 Rhodes, Albert Bickford shares his enthusiasm for languages and
 linguistics with the reader by presenting a practical guide for
 acquiring skills necessary to analyze the morphology and syntax
 of languages around the world. Written in an informal,
 personal style, this is a practical book for teacher and
 student alike, a rich storehouse of references and helps in
 addition to the theoretical content drawn broadly from work
 within generative grammar. Most chapters begin with a statement
 of goals and a list of prerequisites for understanding the
 information contained in them. Examples and explanatory
 diagrams are distributed liberally throughout the text. The
 review of key terms, questions for analysis, and sample
 descriptions which appear at the end of most chapters help the
 student to apply the theoretical material. References for
 further reading are provided for those wishing to study
 further. Dr. Bickford serves in Tucson, Arizona, as a
 linguistic consultant with the Summer Institute of Linguistics,
 teaching and advising language workers who are investigating
 the languages of Mexico. Most summers he teaches the course
 from which this book developed at the Summer Institute of
 Linguistics, University of North Dakota, and directs the
 University's graduate program in linguistics.
 http: //

 ISBN: 1-55671-040-2; xviii+259 pp., 1999, $29.00 Summer
 Institute of Linguistics.

 When a workshop on logical connectives was first suggested, a
 leading linguist asked, "Are they really logical?" Logical
 relations between propositions were an elusive subject about
 which little research was available prior to that workshop held
 in 1989. Field method guides offered nothing for the analysis
 of signals that tell how a speaker intends for the listener to
 interpret and associate the propositions in a discourse. The
 articles in this volume discuss the indicators used by speakers
 and hearers in a wide range of languages to connect parts of
 discourse. The cues are sometimes related explicitly to lexical
 or syntactic features of the discourse; they are often linked
 to pragmatic aspects, the intended illocutionary effect, and at
 other times to the knowledge of the participants in the
 discourse. The goal of the authors is to assist the reader in
 reaching an understanding of how to determine what the speaker
 intends, how to identify the cues for the listener, and how to
 employ those cues.

 ISBN: 1-55671-015-1; xi+95 pp. 1999. $15.00. Summer Institute
 of Linguistics.

 Cheyenne narratives exhibit all possible orders for the three
 major constituents of subject, object, and verb. In this book,
 the author explores factors that could possibly influence the
 order of major constituents in Cheyenne narrative. Through the
 analysis of texts elicited from Cheyenne speakers, she
 concludes that the newsworthy first principle provides an
 accounting for alternate constituent order and can be used to
 predict constituent order. Cheyenne, an Algonquian language, is
 spoken by Native Americans living in Montana and Oklahoma. The
 author has done language research with those in Montana since
 1975. The theoretical basis of this study comes from her work
 toward earning a master's degree at the University of Oregon.

 Waters, Glenys, author, LOCAL LITERACIES: Theory and Practice.
 Pb. ISBN: 1-55671-038-0; xii+425 pp., $39. Summer Institute of

 While many books have been written about basic literacy, few
 offer detailed information on how to plan and carry out a
 community literacy project. Fewer still give guidance in
 tackling the additional barriers of language, culture, and
 logistics in developing countries and in treating the local
 community as an active partner rather than a passive recipient
 in the literacy process. In Local Literacies: Theory and
 Practice, Glenys Waters includes these elements and presents a
 practical guide for developing a literacy program. This book
 will be especially helpful to those doing literacy work in
 linguistically diverse settings in much of the developing
 world. Approximately one half of the book is given to the
 development of instructional methods and materials in reading,
 writing, and basic math.
 http: //

 Wistrand-Robinson, Lila. author; CASHIBO FOLKLORE AND CULTURE:
 Prose, Poetry, and Historical Background. Pb. ISBN:
 1-55671-048-8; xviii+179pp. $29. Summer Institute of
 Linguistics and The International Museum of Cultures.

 Lila Wistrand-Robinson, who is an Adjunct Professor of Social
 Studies at Black River Technical College in Pocohontas,
 Arkansas, has taken the data from her doctoral thesis on
 Cashibo, a Panoan language, and revised it for general
 readership. The research for this work was done over a six-year
 period during which Dr. Wistrand-Robinson made several trips to
 the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Azul 'Blue Ridge' area of
 the Andes in Peru. The book is divided into two parts. The
 first part contains many of the myths, legends, and chants
 passed from father to son among the Cashibo. For those readers
 who are particularly interested in how the stories relate to
 other Panoan languages, each tale has been linked with
 Thompson's list of anthropological themes. Part two of the book
 describes the history of the Cashibo people and culture up to
 the mid 1960s. The references section includes not only those
 cited by the author in the volume, but also anthropological and
 linguistic works that discuss Panoan culture in general, and
 the Cashibo in particular. This section alone is a valuable
 resource for those interested in studying the languages and
 cultures of the indigenous groups living in the Peruvian rain

 Speck, Charles H., author; ZAPOTEC ORAL LITERATURE: El Folklore
 de San Lorenzo Texmelucan. Pb. ISBN:1-55671-058-5: xviii+235
 pp. $29 Summer Institute of Linguistics.

 Written in English and Spanish, this collection of tales
 presents a small sampling of the oral literature of the Zapotec
 people who live in the municipality of San Lorenzo Texmelucan,
 located soutwest of Oaxaca City in the district of Sola de
 Vega, Mexico. In order to make the tales accessible to the
 Zapotec people, the original Zapotec is included using the
 practical orthography of the area. Thirteen folktales are
 presented, including one with a unique style in which a Zapotec
 poet communicates his worldview. In addition, one chapter is a
 collection of forty-six proverbs portraying Zapotec wisdom in
 short traditional expressions about life, vices, virtues, and
 human relationships. A cultural sketch highlights some of the
 patterns that characterize the people of San Lorenzo as a
 cultural unit.
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