LINGUIST List 10.789

Thu May 20 1999

Books: Syntax and Semantics

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Directory

  • Jud Wolfskill, Semantics and Syntax in Lexical Functional Grammar
  • Maureen Burke, New Book: SEMANTICS, COMPARATIVE & GENERAL GRAMMAR
  • Maureen Burke, New Book: MINIMALIST THEORY/GENERATIVE GRAMMAR

    Message 1: Semantics and Syntax in Lexical Functional Grammar

    Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 10:24:48 -0400
    From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
    Subject: Semantics and Syntax in Lexical Functional Grammar


    The following is a book which readers of this list might find of interest. For more information please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/promotions/books/DALSHS99

    Semantics and Syntax in Lexical Functional Grammar

    The Resource Logic Approach

    edited by Mary Dalrymple

    A new, deductive approach to the syntax-semantics interface integrates two mature and successful lines of research: logical deduction for semantic composition and the Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) approach to the analysis of linguistic structure. It is often referred to as the "glue" approach because of the role of logic in "gluing" meanings together.



    The glue approach has attracted significant attention from, among others, logicians working in the relatively new and active field of linear logic; linguists interested in a deductive approach to the interface between syntax and semantics within a nontransformational, constraint-based syntactic framework; and computational linguists and computer scientists interested in an approach to semantic composition that is grounded in a conceptually simple but powerful computational framework.



    Mary Dalrymple is a member of the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Consulting Associate Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University, and a Researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University.

    Contributors

    Richard Crouch, Mary Dalrymple, John Fry, Vineet Gupta, Mark Johnson, Andrew Kehler, John Lamping, Dick Oehrle, Fernando Pereira, Vijay Saraswat, Josef van Genabith.

    6 x 9, 409 pp., cloth ISBN 0-262-04171-5

    A Bradford Book

    Language, Speech, and Communication series

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    | Jud Wolfskill

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    ||||||| Five Cambridge Center E-mail: wolfskilmit.edu

    | Cambridge, MA 02142-1493 http://mitpress.mit.edu


    Message 2: New Book: SEMANTICS, COMPARATIVE & GENERAL GRAMMAR

    Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 16:48:17 -0700
    From: Maureen Burke <mburketavel.stanford.edu>
    Subject: New Book: SEMANTICS, COMPARATIVE & GENERAL GRAMMAR


    Mohanan, Tara (National University of Singapore); Lionel Wee (National University of Singapore); GRAMMATICAL SEMANTICS: EVIDENCE FOR STRUCTURE IN MEANING; ISBN: 1-57586-202-6 (paper), 1-57586-201-8 (cloth); 286 pp. CSLI Publications and National University of Singapore1999: http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/ email: pubsroslin.stanford.edu

    The exploration of meaning in human languages has traditionally focused on the relation between linguistic forms and what they refer to in the world. Most approaches to formal semantics have been driven by this preoccupation. Recent years, however, have seen the growth of a parallel preoccupation, that of exploring the relation between patterns of meaning and grammatical structure, leading to the search for a restricted subset of meanings that interact with the grammatical system of human languages. As part of this research program of "grammatical semantics", this collection of papers addresses questions of what the atomic elements of grammatically relevant meanings should be, how they must be represented, and how these representations interact with representations of other dimensions of language structure. The papers converge on the idea that morpheme-internal and phrasal meanings are represented along a single dimension, distinct from syntactic representations. Among the phenomena described are alternations of aspectual classes of predicates, event modification and event elaboration, and presuppositions, and the languages include English, Malay, Malayalam, and Mandarin.



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    Message 3: New Book: MINIMALIST THEORY/GENERATIVE GRAMMAR

    Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 09:17:20 -0700
    From: Maureen Burke <mburketavel.stanford.edu>
    Subject: New Book: MINIMALIST THEORY/GENERATIVE GRAMMAR


    Johnson, David E. (The IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center) and Shalom Lappin (King's College, University of London); LOCAL CONSTRAINTS VS. ECONOMY; ISBN: 1-57586-182-8 (paper), 1-57586-183-6 (cloth); 150 pp. CSLI Publications 1999: http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/ email: pubsroslin.stanford.edu

    The book offers a detailed critique of the economy-of-derivation model of grammar that has emerged within the framework of Chomsky's Minimalist Program. It looks at the conceptual and computational complexity problems as well as the empirical consequences of both global and local economy principles. The book compares the economy-of-derivation model with a local constaint model of grammar that does not invoke conditions on sets of derivations or on possible operations in a derivation. It argues that the pure local constraint model of grammar avoids the complexity problems resulting from economy-of-derivation principles and provides a more satisfactory explanation of the linguistic facts that economy theorists have cited in support of their approach. The local constraint model also allows for a more natural and empirically well-motivated grammatical architecture than the one postulated by the Minimalist Program.



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    1999 Contributors



  • Arnold Publishers
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cascadilla Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Elsevier Science, Ltd.
  • Finno-Ugrian Society
  • Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Lincom Europa
  • MIT Press--Books Division
  • MIT Working Papers in Linguisticsi
  • Mouton de Gruyter
  • Pacific Linguistics
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
  • Vaxjo:Acta Wexionesia