Formal Approaches to Function in Grammar: In Honor of Eloise Jelinek

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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 ...
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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.
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Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Formalizing Functionalism 1
On the significance of Eloise Jelinek's Pronominal Argument Hypothesis 11
Categories and pronominal arguments 45
Doubling by agreement in Slave (Northern Athapaskan) 51
Quasi objects in St'at'imcets: On the (semi-)independence of agreement and Case 79
Agreement, dislocation, and partial configurationality 107
Multiple multiple questions 135
Attitude evaluation in complex NPs 155
Topic-Focus articulation and degrees of salience in the Prague Dependency Treebank 165
Word order and discourse genre in Tohono O'odham 179
The prosody of interrogative and focus constructions in Navajo 191
Subject number agreement, grammaticalization, and transitivity in the Cupeno verb construction 207
Lexical irregularity in OT: DOT vs. variable constraint ranking 227
Rapid perceptibility as a factor underlying universals of vowel inventories 245
Argument hierarchies and the mapping principle 265
Focus movement and the nature of uninterpretable features 297
Merge 307
Phonotactics and probabilistic ranking 319
Deconstructing functionalist explanations of linguistic universals 333
References 353
Name index 369
Subject index 371
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