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Title: Formal Approaches to Function in Grammar
Subtitle: In honor of Eloise Jelinek
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 62

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.

Table of contents

Contributors vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Formalizing Functionalism
Andrew Carnie and Heidi Harley 1–8
Part I: The Pronominal Argument Hypothesis 9
On the significance of Eloise Jelinek’s Pronominal Argument Hypothesis
Kenneth L. Hale 11–43
Categories and pronominal arguments
Emmon Bach 45–49
Doubling by Agreement in Slave (Northern Athapaskan)
Keren Rice 51–78 uasi objects in St’át’imcets: On the (semi-)independence of Agreement and Case
Henry Davis and Lisa Matthewson 79–106
Agreement, dislocation, and partial configurationality
Mark C. Baker 107–132
Part I: Interfaces 133
Multiple multiple questions
Molly Diesing 135–153
Attitude evaluation in complex NPs
Lynn Nichols 155–164
Topic-Focus articulation and degrees of salience in the Prague Dependency Treebank
Petr Sgall, Eva Hajičová and Eva Buráňová 165–177
Word order and discourse genre in Tohono O’odham
Colleen M. Fitzgerald 179–189
The prosody of interrogative and focus constructions in Navajo
Joyce McDonough 191–206
Subject number agreement, grammaticalization, and transitivity in the Cupeño verb construction
Jane H. Hill 207–226
Lexical irregularity in OT: DOT vs. Variable Constraint Ranking
Diana Archangeli 227–244
Rapid perceptibility as a factor underlying universals of vowel inventories
Natasha Warner 245–261
Part I: Foundational issues 263
Argument hierarchies and the mapping principle
Eloise Jelinek and Andrew Carnie 265–296
Focus movement and the nature of uninterpretable features
Simin Karimi 297–306
D. Terence Langendoen 307–318
Phonotactics and probabilistic ranking
Michael Hammond 319–332
Deconstructing functionalist explanations of linguistic universals
Thomas G. Bever 333–352
References 353–369
Name index 371
Subject index 373

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Functional & Systemic Ling
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113485
ISBN-13: 9781588113481
Pages: xii, 378 pp.
Prices: U.S.$ 176
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227853
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Pages: xii, 378 pp.
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