The Legacy of Zellig Harris

The Legacy of Zellig Harris : Language and information into the 21st century. Volume 1: Philosophy of science, syntax and semantics

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 323 pages
  • 152.4 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112462
  • 9781588112460

Table of contents

1. Foreword (by Nevin, Bruce E.); 2. Acknowledgements; 3. The background of transformational and metalanguage analysis (by Harris, Zellig S.); 4. Part I. Philosophy of science; 5. 1. Method and theory in Harris's Grammar of Information (by Ryckman, Tom A.); 6. 2. Some implications of Zellig Harris's work for the philosophy of science (by Mattick, Paul); 7. 3. Consequences of the metalanguage being included in the language (by Gross, Maurice); 8. 4. On Discovery Procedures (by Lin, Francis); 9. Part 2. Discourse and sublanguage analysis; 10. 5. Grammatical specification of scientific sublanguages (by Gottfried, Michael); 11. 6. Classifiers and reference (by Munz, James); 12. 7. Some implications of Zellig Harris's discourse analysis (by Longacre, Robert E.); 13. 8. Accounting for subjectivity (point of view) (by Smith, Carlota S.); 14. Part 3. Syntax and semantics; 15. 9. Some new results on Transfer Grammar (by Salkoff, Morris); 16. 10. Pseudoarguments and pseudocomplements (by Seuren, Pieter A.M.); 17. 11. Verbs of a feather flock together II: The child's discovery of words and their meanings (by Gleitman, Lila); 18. Part IV. Phonology; 19. 12. The voiceless unaspirated stops of English (by Lisker, Leigh); 20. 13. On the bipartite distribution of phonemes (by Harary, Frank); 21. Part V. Applications; 22. 14. Operator grammar and the poetic form of Takelma texts (by Kendall, Daythal); 23. 15. A practical application of string analysis (by Lukoff, Fred); 24. Zellig Sabbettai Harris: A comprehensive bibliography of his writings, 1932-2003 (by Koerner, E.F.K.); 25. Name index; 26. Subject index
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