LINGUIST List 10.555

Sun Apr 18 1999

Books: General Linguistics

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  • grace_fuqua, New Publications of Summer Institute of Linguistics

    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

    JOURNAL ToC Longacre, Robert E., editor; JOURNAL OF TRANSLATION AND TEXTLINGUISTICS, Vol. 11 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

    GENERAL LINGUISTICS Burquest, Donald A., & Edmondson, Jerold A. authors, A SURVEY OF LINGUISTIC THEORIES; Pb. ISBN:1-55671-068-2 xiii+259 pp., 1998, 3rd edition, $29.00, Summer Institute of Linguistics.

    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. Internet:

    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. Internet:

    Aaron, Uche E. author: TENSE AND ASPECT IN OBOLO GRAMMAR AND DISCOURSE. Pb. ISBN: 1-55671-063-1; x+90 pp., 1999, $29.00 Summer Institute of Linguistics, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

    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. Internet:

    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. Internet: http: //

    Loos, Eugene E. editor; LOGICAL RELATIONS IN DISCOURSE; Pb. 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. Internet:

    Leman, Elena M., author; CHEYENNE MAJOR CONSTITUENT ORDER: Pb, 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. Internet:

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

    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. Internet:: http: //

    ETHNOLOGY 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 forest. Internet:

    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. Internet:

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