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Title: The Legacy of Zellig Harris
Subtitle: Language and information into the 21st century. Volume 1: Philosophy of science, syntax and semantics.
Edited By: Bruce E. Nevin
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT_228
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 228

Zellig Harris opened many lines of research in language, information, and culture, from generative grammar to informatics, from mathematics to language pedagogy. An international array of scholars here describe further developments and relate this work to that of others. Volume 1 begins with a survey article by Harris himself, previously unavailable in English. T.A. Ryckman, Paul Mattick, Maurice Gross, and Francis Lin show the importance of Harris's methodology for philosophy of science, the first two with reference especially to his remarkable findings on the form of information in science. Themes of discourse and sublanguage analysis are developed further in chapters by Michael Gottfried, James Munz, Robert Longacre, and Carlota Smith. Morris Salkoff, Peter Seuren, and Lila Gleitman present diverse developments in syntax and semantics. Phonology is represented in chapters by Leigh Lisker and by Frank Harary and Stephen Helmreich. Daythal Kendall applies operator grammar to literary analysis of Sapir's Takelma texts, and Fred Lukoff's chapter describes benefits of string analysis for language pedagogy.

Table of Contents

Bruce E. Nevin
The background of transformational and metalanguage analysis
Zellig S. Harris
Philosophy of Science
Zellig Harris’s methodology of language and information
Tom A. Ryckman
Linguistic structures, information, and the constitution of scientific domains
Paul Mattick
Consequences of the metalanguage being included in the language
Maurice Gross
On Discovery Procedures
Francis Lin
Discourse and Sublanguage Analysis
Grammatical specification of science sublanguages
Michael Gottfried
Classifiers and Reference
James Munz
Some Implications of Zellig Harris's Discourse Analysis
Robert E. Longacre
Accounting for Subjectivity (Point of View)
Carlota S. Smith
Syntax and Semantics
Some new results on transfer grammar
Morris Salkoff
Pseudoarguments and pseudocomplements
Pieter A.M. Seuren
Verbs of a feather flock together
Lila Gleitman
On the phonetic status of voiceless unaspirated stops in English
Leigh Lisker
On the Bipartite Distribution of Phonemes
Frank Harary and Stephen Helmreich
Operator Grammar and the Poetic Form of Takelma Texts
Daythal Kendall
A Practical Application of String Analysis
Fred Lukoff

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
History of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247366
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xxxvi, 323 pp.
Prices: EUR 110.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112462
ISBN-13: 9781588112460
Pages: xxxvi, 323 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 169