LINGUIST List 8.114

Mon Jan 27 1997

Disc: Pleasure reading

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  1. Larry Horn, Linguistically relevant reading material

Message 1: Linguistically relevant reading material

Date: Mon, 06 Jan 97 08:54:44 EST
From: Larry Horn <LHORNYaleVM.CIS.Yale.Edu>
Subject: Linguistically relevant reading material


On the subject of books featuring linguistics, prominently figuring
among earlier collections in our list were two novels by David
Carkeet, _Double Negative_ and _The Full Catastrophe_, both with
linguist hero Jeremy Cook. Carkeet has just published a new book
featuring the further exploits of Cook, who (according to a favorable
review in yesterday's New York Times Book Review by Margalit Fox) is
now "cynical and unemployed", with "an ambitious wife... teaching
linguistics at a jerkwater college" in St. Louis. I haven't read the
new book, but it sounds promising, based on this comment from the
review:
 "And, for those of us who feel that a novel without a problem in
 generative phonology worked into the narrative is no novel at all,
 Mr. Carkeet thoughtfully supplies one, complete with underlying
 forms, surface forms and phonological rules." 

Whether extra credit is given for non-linear or OT solutions is not
made clear.

Larry Horn
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