LINGUIST List 12.625

Tue Mar 6 2001

Books: Generative Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Generative Studies: by Hroarsdottir, by Gerlach & Grijzenhout

Message 1: Generative Studies: by Hroarsdottir, by Gerlach & Grijzenhout

Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 11:57:29 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Generative Studies: by Hroarsdottir, by Gerlach & Grijzenhout

John Benjamins Publishing announces two new works in Generative Lingustics:

Word Order Change in Icelandic.
>From OV to VO.
Thorbj�rg HR�ARSD�TTIR (University of Tromso)
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 35
US & Canada: 1 55619 209 6 / USD 105.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2756 X / NLG 228.00 (Hardcover)

While Modern Icelandic exhibits a virtually uniform VO order in the
VP, Old(er) Icelandic had both VO order and OV order, as well as
'mixed' word order patterns. In this volume, the author both examines
the various VP-word order patterns from a descriptive and statistical
point of view and provides a synchronic and diachronic analysis of
VP-syntax in Old(er) Icelandic in terms of generative grammar. Her
account makes use of a number of independently motivated ideas,
notably remnant-movement of various kinds of predicative phrase, and
the long movement associated with "restructuring" phenomena, to
provide an analysis of OV orders and, correspondingly, a proposal as
to which aspect of Icelandic syntax must have changed when VO word
order became the norm: the essential change is loss of VP-extraction
from VP. Although this idea is mainly supported here for Icelandic, it
has numerous implications for the synchronic and diachronic analysis
of other Germanic languages.

Clitics in Phonology, Morphology and Syntax.
Birgit GERLACH and Janet GRIJZENHOUT (eds.)(Heinrich Heine Universit�t, 
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 36
US & Canada: 1 55619 799 3 / USD 105.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2757 8 / NLG 228.00 (Hardcover)

This book contains fourteen articles that reflect current ideas on the
phonology, morphology, and syntax of clitics. It covers the forms and
functions of clitics in various typologically diverse languages and
presents data from, e.g. European Portuguese, Macedonian, and
Yoruba. It extensively deals with the prosodic structure of clitics,
their morphological status, clitic placement, and clitic doubling. The
form and behavior of clitics with respect to tonal phenomena and in
verse are discussed in two articles (Akinlabi & Liberman, Reindl &
Franks). Other articles address the prosodic representation of clitics
in Irish (Green), the differences in the acquisition of clitics and
strong pronouns in Catalan (Escobar & Gavarro), the similarities
between clitics and affixes or words in Romance and Bantu languages
(Cocchi, Crysmann, Monachesi, Ortman & Popescu), the semantics of
clitics in the Greek DP and in Spanish doubling (Alexiadou & Stavrou,
Uriagereka), and complex problems concerning verbal clitics in
Romanian and Balkan languages (Legendre, Spencer, Tomic).

Paul Peranteau (
P O Box 27519 Ph: 215 836-1200
Philadelphia PA 19118-0519 Fax: 215 836-1204
John Benjamins Publishing Co. website:
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