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Books: Complex Visibles Out There: Veselovska, Janebova (eds.)

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Date: 12-Feb-2015
From: Marketa Janebova <>
Subject: Complex Visibles Out There: Veselovska, Janebova (eds.)
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Title: Complex Visibles Out There
Subtitle: Proceedings of the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2014: Language Use and Linguistic Structure
Series Title: Olomouc Modern Language Series
Published: 2014
Publisher: Department of English and American Studies, Palacky University, Olomouc

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Editor: Ludmila Veselovska
Editor: Marketa Janebova
Electronic: ISBN: 9788024443850 Pages: Price: ----
Paperback: ISBN: 9788024443843 Pages: 794 Price: ---- Comment: Available upon enquiry

The articles in this volume are based on papers and posters presented at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (OLINCO) at Palacký University in the Czech Republic in June 5–7, 2014. The first text in the proceedings, which appears outside of the thematic sections at the very beginning, is called “Simple Invisibles,” and it is the authorized transcript of the Questions and Answers session with Professor Noam Chomsky after his plenary lecture on the opening day of the OLINCO colloquium. Some of the questions were proposed to him in advance, others are the questions following his lecture and related to its content. We believe that his answers to the latter are able to stand independently and will be of interest to the readers participating in the latest development of the minimalist framework. Noam Chomsky’s citation of Jean Baptiste Perrin has provided the title not only for the transcript, but also to the whole proceedings volume.

“Linguistic Structure,” the first of the two sections on grammatical structure, manifests the strong interest of the conference participants in the properties of categorial projections, especially nominal projections, but also of modifiers and verbs. Some authors address the characteristics of clausal domains including argument structure, object symmetry, and modal verbs. Several papers deal with the left periphery of clauses: topicalized and WH constituents and sentence-initial adverbials. The papers show that current research has been subjecting phrasal structures and attested morphology of several categories to intense scrutiny, including their internal functional domains, and investigating quite theoretical aspects of the labeling procedure during syntactic derivations. All the papers deal with questions that are at the center of how categories behave, including what is usually referred to as the syntax/semantics interface.

The second part, “Linguistic Structure: Focus on Slavic,” as its title suggests, puts together the articles dealing with Slavic. The number of contributions proves that the new linguistic generation is able to apply the current formal linguistic framework to highly inflected Slavic languages. Such an implication appears to be very fruitful and we hope that some hypotheses defended here will inspire a wide range of syntactic researchers and theoreticians. Most of the papers concentrate on nominal projections and various kinds of agreement. Others discuss adjective modification, predicational clauses, and coordination. The first two sections also include several papers focusing on semantic topics—most of these are related to the OLINCO workshop concentrating on indefinites and quantifiers.

“In Search of Structure in Spoken and Written Language,” the volume’s third section contains papers on a variety of topics. The biggest group contains contributions related to the workshop on the construction and usage of corpora and those dealing with the pragmatics of language use. Several texts discuss the categorial taxonomy and also social connotations of vocabulary choice or syntactic expression. The issues addressed in this section include translation strategies and comparative studies of several European languages. The papers demonstrate that statistical evidence is able to support one alternative theory against another and that when new paradigms are found, they can sharpen the focus of theoretical research.

A fourth group of papers that emerged from the OLINCO workshop are those on phonetics and phonology, especially phonetic aspects of language acquisition process and language learning. One paper discusses age- and gender-related distinctions, another accentual phrase intonation or reduction of stressed vowels by foreign learners of English. Apart from Czech and Slovak phonetics, which are naturally predominant in this section, the contributions also discuss Lombard, Icelandic, European Portuguese, and Taiwanese.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            Croatian (hrv)
                            Czech (ces)
                            Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            German (deu)
                            Greek, Modern (ell)
                            Hungarian (hun)
                            Icelandic (isl)
                            Italian (ita)
                            Latin (lat)
                            Norwegian Nynorsk (nno)
                            Polish (pol)
                            Portuguese (por)
                            Romanian (ron)
                            Serbian (srp)
                            Shumcho (scu)
                            Slovak (slk)
                            Spanish (spa)
                            Swedish (swe)
Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

Written In: English (eng)

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