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Wed 29 Jun 1994


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  1. Mark Durie, A new Monograph series.

Message 1: A new Monograph series.

Date: Fri, 24 Jun 1994 10:47:28 A new Monograph series.
From: Mark Durie <>
Subject: A new Monograph series.

REGARDING A new Monograph series.
***Announcing a new series from Oxford University Press***

Series Editors:
Ronnie Cann
William Croft
Mark Durie
Anna Siewierska

In recent decades advances in linguistic theory have been matched by an
increasing breadth and depth of published descriptions of the world's
languages. Grammar writers today are aware of a much more sophisticated range
of theoretical issues that their descriptions need to address, and linguistic
theory is being constructed on an increasingly broader typological base.
Languages once relegated to the 'too-exotic-to-deal-with-yet' basket have
begun to demand centre-stage attention for the theoretical challenges they
pose, and recurrent grammatical patterns which were first observed on the
basis of typological comparison have reappeared, transformed, as components
of models of grammar.

Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory will provide a forum for
promoting research and analysis that is both typologically and theoretically
informed. Each book in the series will focus on a particular topic. Authors
should expect to provide the reader with a survey of the available
cross-linguistic data on their chosen topic; at the same time they should
engage comprehensively with relevant theoretical work. Books in the series
should be designed to function as standard reference works for advanced
undergraduate and postgraduate students; at the same time they should include
a significant core of the author's original research and analysis, and offer
an original contribution which advances understanding of the chosen topic.

There is potential for exploring and contrasting a variety of theoretical
perspectives. Authors may prefer to use a particular framework as their
dominant mode, but they should also provide a comprehensive overview of where
their topic fits into the wider field of approaches to linguistic theory. A
comparative theoretical treatment would not necessarily be the main content
of the book, but it should be a core structuring principle, and it should at
the very least be substantial and well-informed. Authors could take the
opportunity to provide a synthesis of the key theoretical issues raised by
their topic, and to offer a critique of the boundaries or limitations of a
current model or models of grammar in dealing with typological data. If the
topic has a rich or long history, there should be an overview of the
development of the topic.

This series is not aligned to either side of the formalist-functionalist
divide. We welcome contributions addressing topics for which pervasive
accounts have been found largely within functionalist theory, such as
accounts for the typology of split ergativity; topics which are for the
moment firmly located within formal grammatical theory, such as island
constraints; and topics which span both modes of analysis, such as anaphora
or linear precedence constraints. Topics for the series might include:

-a particular lexical or morphological category, such as classifiers,
auxilliaries, reflexives, or clitics;

-a grammatical or inflectional category, such as grammatical relations,
voice, aspect, number, or case;

-a focal theoretical topic, such as non-configurationality, long-distance
dependencies, 'unaccusativity', complex predicates, or control constructions;

-issues that have long been of typological interest, and have had relevance
in the theoretical literature, such as causativisation, agreement, noun
incorporation, switch reference, relativization, or ergativity;

-topics with less well-understood typological profiles, such as possessor
ascension, polysynthesis, or verb serialization.

Although these examples are taken from syntax and morphology, the editors
would also welcome proposals for contributions on topics extending beyond
these confines: contributions relating to pragmatic and discourse phenomena,
semantic typology, the typology and theory of language change, and
phonological or phonetic typology are also welcome.

For expressions of interest please contact one of the series editors or OUP's
linguistics editor Frances Morphy. Their addresses are:

Ms Frances Morphy
Arts and Reference Division
Oxford University Press
Walton Street

Dr Ronnie Cann
Department of Linguistics,
University of Edinburg
Adam Ferguson Building
George Square

Dr William Croft
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Dr Mark Durie
Department of Linguistics
University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3052

Dr Anna Siewierska
 until end August 1994:
Dept. of General Linguistics
University of Amsterdam
Spuistraat 210
1012 VT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
 from September 1994:
Dept. of Linguistics and
 Modern English Language
Lancaster University
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