Formal Approaches to Function in Grammar

Formal Approaches to Function in Grammar : In honor of Eloise Jelinek

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The contributions making up this volume in honor of Eloise Jelinek are written from a formalist perspective that deals with stereotypically functionalist questions about language. Jelinek's pioneering work in formalist syntax has shown that autonomous syntax need not exist in a vacuum. Her work has highlighted the importance of incorporating the effects of discourse and information structure on the syntactic representation. This book aims to invoke Jelinek's work either in substance or spirit. The focus is on Jelinek's influential Pronominal Argument Hypothesis as an "non-configurational" language; the influence of discourse-related interface phenomena on syntactic structure; the syntactic analysis of the grammaticalization; interactions between morphology, phonology and phonetics; and foundational issues about the link between formal grammar and function of language, as well as the methodological issues underlying the different approaches to linguistics.
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  • Hardback | 378 pages
  • 157.5 x 221 x 27.9mm | 544.32g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588113485
  • 9781588113481

Table of contents

1. Contributors; 2. Acknowledgments; 3. Introduction: Formalizing Functionalism (by Carnie, Andrew); 4. Part I: The Pronominal Argument Hypothesis; 5. On the significance of Eloise Jelinek's Pronominal Argument Hypothesis (by Hale, Kenneth L.); 6. Categories and pronominal arguments (by Bach, Emmon); 7. Doubling by Agreement in Slave (Northern Athapaskan) (by Rice, Keren); 8. Quasi objects in St'at'imcets: On the (semi-)independence of Agreement and Case (by Davis, Henry); 9. Agreement, dislocation, and partial configurationality (by Baker, Mark C.); 10. Part II: Interfaces; 11. Multiple multiple questions (by Diesing, Molly); 12. Attitude evaluation in complex NPs (by Nichols, Lynn); 13. Topic-Focus articulation and degrees of salience in the Prague Dependency Treebank (by Sgall, Petr); 14. Word order and discourse genre in Tohono O'odham (by Fitzgerald, Colleen M.); 15. The prosody of interrogative and focus constructions in Navajo (by McDonough, Joyce); 16. Subject number agreement, grammaticalization, and transitivity in the Cupeno verb construction (by Hill, Jane H.); 17. Lexical irregularity in OT: DOT vs. Variable Constraint Ranking (by Archangeli, Diana); 18. Rapid perceptibility as a factor underlying universals of vowel inventories (by Warner, Natasha); 19. Part III: Foundational issues; 20. Argument hierarchies and the mapping principle (by Jelinek, Eloise); 21. Focus movement and the nature of uninterpretable features (by Karimi, Simin); 22. Merge (by Langendoen, D. Terence); 23. Phonotactics and probabilistic ranking (by Hammond, Michael); 24. Deconstructing functionalist explanations of linguistic universals (by Bever, Thomas G.); 25. References; 26. Name index; 27. Subject index
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