This book proposes a framework for describing languages through the description of relationships among lexicon, morphology, syntax, and phonology. The framework is based on the notion of formal coding means; the principle of functional transparency; the notion of functional domains; and the notion of systems interaction in the coding of functional domains. The study is based on original analyses of cross-linguistic data.
The fundamental finding of the study is that different languages may code different functional domains, which must be discovered by analyzing the formal means available in each language. The first part of the book proposes a methodology for discovering functional domains and the second part describes the properties of various functional domains.
The book presents new cross-linguistic analyses of theoretical issues including agreement; phenomena attributed to government; nominal classification; prerequisites for and implications of linear order coding; and defining characteristics of lexical categories.
The study also contributes new analyses of specific problems in individual languages.
Table of contents
1. Introduction: Theoretical and methodological foundations 1–36
2. Interaction of the lexicon with other coding means 37–56
3. Coding through linear order 57–88
4. Coding through nominal inflection 89–113
5. Interaction of phonology with other coding means 115–151
6. Agreement, or coding on other constituents 153–168
7. Interaction of nominal classification with other coding means 169–181
8. Matrix clause coding 183–210
9. Determining the function of a linguistic form: The indirectly affected argument and the external possessor 211–231
10. Systems interaction in the coding of locative predication 233–246
11. Systems interaction in the coding of reference 247–282
12. Conclusions, implications, and open questions 283–288
Index of authors 301–302
Index of languages 303–304
Index of subjects 305–307