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Architectures, Rules, and Preferences

Variations on Themes by Joan W. Bresnan

Architectures, Rules, and Preferences reflects the interests and honors the influence of Joan W. Bresnan’s two decades of foundational work on Lexical-Functional Grammar. This comprehensive volume includes contributions by leading linguists on language typology, synchronic variation, language change, constituent structure, function identification, subject condition, control, complex predicates, NP internal structure, wh-constructions, syntactic features, and lexical issues. Featuring an impressive range of empirical and theoretical research, this collection covers more than a dozen spoken languages as well as American Sign Language.

576 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2007

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics

Table of Contents







I           Division of Labor: Phrase Structure and Functional Structure

1        Variation in the NP/DP in Old English

Cynthia L. Allen

2        Apparent Copular Inversion and the Theory of Null Subjects

Alex Alsina

3        Copy Raising and its Consequences for Perceptual Reports

Ash Asudeh and Ida Toivonen

4        Functional Identification of Complement Clauses In German

Judith Berman

5        The Absence of Traces: Evidence from Weak Crossover

Mary Dalrymple, Ronald M Kaplan, and Tracy Holloway King

6        Constituent Structure and GFs in the Hebrew Nominal Phrase

Yehuda N. Falk

7        Interplay between Manual and Nonmanual Expressions

Carol Neidle

8        Verbless Clauses: Revealing the Structure within

Rachel Nordlinger and Louisa Sadler

II         Morpho-Syntax: Features of Words and their Syntactic Effects


9        Number and Classifier Distributions in Arabic and Chinese

Abdelkader Fassi Fehri and Marie-Thérèse Vinet

10    Boxes and Piles and What’s in Them

Jane Grimshaw

11    An Analysis of Japanese Honorific Predicates

Akira Ishikawa

12    Morphosyntactic vs. morphosemantic functions

Paul Kroeger

13    Automatic Learning of Grammatical Encoding

Lori Levin, Jeff Good, Alison Alvarez, Robert Frederking

14    Number and Case ‘Agreement’ in Coordination

Peter Peterson

15    Feature Resolution and the Content of Features

Nigel Vincent and Kersti Börjars

III        Meaning: Semantics and Information Structure


16    Input and Glue in OT-LFG

Avery D. Andrews

17    The Role of Pronominal Suffixes in Punjabi

Miriam Butt

18    Dislocation and Split NPs In Chichewa

Sam Mchombo

19    Deconstructing Thematic Hierarchies

Malka Rappaport Hovav and Beth Levin

20    Expressing Pragmatic Constraints on Word Order

Jane Simpson


IV        Variation


21    Melody, Rhythm, and Prosodic Structure in Linguistic Chants

Young-Mee Yu Cho and Mariko Saiki

22    Morphological Variation of l-Verbs in Korean

Hye-Won Choi

23    Maximum Entropy Models and Stochastic Optimality Theory

Gerhard Jäger

24    Constraint Subhierarchies as Syntactic Universals

Hanjung Lee

25    Stochastic OT as a model of constraint interaction

Elena Maslova

26    Microvariation in LFG and OT

Guido Seiler



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