LINGUIST List 11.1236

Fri Jun 2 2000

Books: Cognitive Grammar, General Theoretical Ling

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  • Kim Lewis Brown, Cognitive Grammar: Parameters of Slavic Aspect, S. Dickey
  • Kim Lewis Brown, General Theoretical Ling: Strong Generative Capacity, P. Miller

    Message 1: Cognitive Grammar: Parameters of Slavic Aspect, S. Dickey

    Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 08:53:32 -0700
    From: Kim Lewis Brown <kimcsli.Stanford.EDU>
    Subject: Cognitive Grammar: Parameters of Slavic Aspect, S. Dickey


    Dickey, Stephen (University of Virginia); PARAMETERS OF SLAVIC ASPECT; ISBN: 1-57586-236-0 (paper), 1-57586-235-2 (cloth) 328 pages. CSLI Publications 2000: http://cslipublications.stanford.edu email:pubscsli.stanford.edu

    Parameters of Slavic Aspect: A Cognitive Approach presents the first detailed comparative analysis of verbal aspect in the Slavic languages. Dickey divides the Slavic languages into two aspectual groups, an eastern and a western group as well as a transitional zone between the two. This book shows the semantic meaning of aspect in these groups, analyzed within the framework of cognitive grammar. Dickey offers the first comparative analysis of Slavic aspect treating more than two languages, and the first book-length cognitive linguistic analysis of Slavic aspect.

    Dickey establishes seven parameters of variation in aspectual usage: habituality, the simple denotation of past actions, the historical present, stage directions and other instructions, performatives and other cases of the coincidence of utterance and action, the imperfective in sequences of actions, and the derivation of verbal nouns. These parameters are used as a basis for dividing the Slavic languages into the western group of Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Sorbian, the eastern group of Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian and the transitional zone of Serbo-Croatian and Polish. Dickey uses concepts from cognitive grammar to construct a semantic analysis of the category of aspect in each group and in the transitional zone. Ultimately, Dickey shows that western aspect centers around the category of totality, whereas eastern aspect centers around a category of temporal definiteness.



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    Message 2: General Theoretical Ling: Strong Generative Capacity, P. Miller

    Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 08:57:03 -0700
    From: Kim Lewis Brown <kimcsli.Stanford.EDU>
    Subject: General Theoretical Ling: Strong Generative Capacity, P. Miller


    Miller, Philip (University of Lille); STRONG GENERATIVE CAPACITY; ISBN: 1-57586-214-X (paper), 1-57586-213-1 (cloth) 160 pages. CSLI Publications 2000: http://cslipublications.stanford.edu email:pubscsli.stanford.edu

    The concept of "strong generative capacity" (SGC) of a linguistic formalism was introduced by Chomsky in the early sixties in order to characterize descriptive capacity. However, the original definition proposed by Chomsky turned out to be unuseable, especially when one wished to compare the SGC of different types of formalisms. This book provides for the first time a rigorous and useful characterization of SGC, defining it as the model theoretic semantics of linguistic formalism. Specifically, abstract interpretation domains are defined in theory-neutral set-theoretical terms, and the SGC of a theory with respect to a given interpretation domain is characterized as the range of a specific interpretation function mapping structural descriptions of that theory into elements of that domain. Interpretation domains are defined for such notions as labeled constituency, dependency, endocentricity and linking and applied to the analysis of a range of linguistic formalisms, among which context-free grammars, dependency grammars, X-bar grammars, tree-adjoing grammars, transformational grammars and categorial grammars.



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