LINGUIST List 11.2445

Sat Nov 11 2000

Books: Language and Thought, Syntax

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  • Jud Wolfskill, Language and Thought: Oratio Obliqua, Oratio Recta by F.Recanati
  • Jud Wolfskill, Syntax: Phrasal Movement and Its Kin by D.Pesetsky

    Message 1: Language and Thought: Oratio Obliqua, Oratio Recta by F.Recanati

    Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 16:57:21 -0500
    From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
    Subject: Language and Thought: Oratio Obliqua, Oratio Recta by F.Recanati


    I thought readers of this list might be interested in this book. For more information please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/promotions/books/RECOPF00

    Oratio Obliqua, Oratio Recta An Essay on Metarepresentation Frangois Recanati

    Among the entities that can be mentally or linguistically represented are mental and linguistic representations themselves. That is, we can think and talk about speech and thought. This phenomenon is known as metarepresentation. An example is "Authors believe that people read books."

    In this book Frangois Recanati discusses the structure of metarepresentation from a variety of perspectives. According to him, metarepresentations have a dual structure: their content includes the content of the object-representation (people reading books) as well as the "meta" part (the authors' belief). Rejecting the view that the object representation is mentioned rather than used, Recanati claims that since metarepresentations carry the content of the object representation, they must be about whatever the object representation is about. Metarepresentations are fundamentally transparent because they work by simulating the representation they are about.

    Topics covered in this wide-ranging work include the analysis of belief reports and talk about fiction, world shifting, opacity and substitutivity, quotation, the relation between direct and indirect discourse, context shifting, semantic pretense, and deference in language and thought.

    Frangois Recanati is a Research Director at CREA/CNRS in Paris.

    6 x 9, 450 pp., 2 illus., paper ISBN 0-262-68116-1, cloth ISBN 0-262-18199-1 Representation and Mind series A Bradford Book



    Jud Wolfskill 617.253.2079 phone Associate Publicist 617.253.1709 fax MIT Press wolfskilmit.edu 5 Cambridge Center http://mitpress.mit.edu Fourth Floor Cambridge, MA 02142

    Message 2: Syntax: Phrasal Movement and Its Kin by D.Pesetsky

    Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 16:58:18 -0500
    From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
    Subject: Syntax: Phrasal Movement and Its Kin by D.Pesetsky


    I thought readers of this list might find this book interesting. For more information please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/promotions/books/PESPPF00

    Phrasal Movement and Its Kin David Pesetsky

    This study investigates the types of movement and movement-like relations that link positions in syntactic structure. David Pesetsky argues that there are three such relations. Besides overt phasal movement, there are two distinct types of movement without phonological effect: covert phrasal movement and feature movement. Focusing on wh-questions, he shows how his classification of movement-like relations allows us to understand the story behind wh-questions in which an otherwise inviolable property of movement--"Attract Closest"--appears to be violated. By demonstrating that more movement takes place in such configurations than previously suspected, he shows that Attract Closest is actually not violated at all in these cases. This conclusion draws on recent research in both syntax and semantics, and depends crucially on Pesetsky's expanded repertoire of movement-like relations.

    David Pesetsky is Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an editor of Is the Best Good Enough? (MIT Press, 1998) and the author of Zero Syntax (MIT Press, 1994).

    6 x 9, 144 pp., paper ISBN 0-262-66166-7, cloth ISBN 0-262-16196-6 Linguistic Inquiry Monographs #37





    Jud Wolfskill 617.253.2079 phone Associate Publicist 617.253.1709 fax MIT Press wolfskilmit.edu 5 Cambridge Center http://mitpress.mit.edu Fourth Floor Cambridge, MA 02142
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