The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

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This state-of-the-art guide to some of the most exciting work in current linguistics explores how the core components of the language faculty interact. It examines how these interactions are reflected in linguistic and cognitive theory, considers what they reveal about the operations of language within the mind, and looks at their reflections in expression and communication. Leading international scholars present cutting-edge accounts of developments in the interfaces between phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. They bring to bear a rich variety of methods and theoretical perspectives, focus on a broad array of issues and problems, and illustrate their arguments from a wide range of the world's languages.

After the editors' introduction to its structure, scope, and content, the book is divided into four parts. The first, Sound, is concerned with the interfaces between phonetics and phonology, phonology and morphology, and phonology and syntax. Part II, Structure, considers the interactions of syntax with morphology, semantics, and the lexicon, and explores the status of the word and its representional status in the mind. Part III, Meaning, revisits the syntax-semantics interface from the perspective of compositionality, and looks at issues concerned with intonation, discourse, and context. The authors in the final part of the book, General Architectural Concerns, examine work on Universal Grammar, the overall model of language, and linguistic and associated theories of language and cognition.

All scholars and advanced students of language will value this book, whether they are in linguistics, cognitive science, philosophy, artificial intelligence, computational science, or informatics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199247455
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/3/2007
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Ramchand was born in Scotland, and grew up in Britain and the Caribbean. After receiving her PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University, she worked as Lecturer in General Linguistics at Oxford University for ten years, and is now Professor of Linguistics at University of Tromsø. She is interested in issues at the syntax-semantics interface, especially in the areas of aspect and argument structure, and has worked on both the Bengali and Scottish Gaelic languages.

Charles Reiss is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal. He is interested in phonology, language acquisition, cognitive science and historical linguistics. His 1995 Harvard PhD dissertation A Theory of Assimilation, with special reference to Old Icelandic Phonology combined insights from all these domains, and he continues to publish journal articles and book chapters in this interdisciplinary vein.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations     viii
About the Authors     xi
Introduction   Gillian Ramchand   Charles Reiss     1
Sound     15
Interface and Overlap in Phonetics and Phonology   James M. Scobbie     17
Modularity in the Sound Domain: Implications for the Purview of Universal Grammar   Charles Reiss     53
The Phonetics-Phonology Interface and the Acquisition of Perseverant Underspecification   Mark Hale   Madelyn Kissock     81
Phonology-Morphology Interaction in a Constraint-Based Framework   C. Orhan Orgun   Andrew Dolbey     103
Segmental Phonology and Syntactic Structure   Gorka Elordieta     125
Structure     179
Structured Events, Structured Discourse   Sara Thomas Rosen     181
On the Relation between Morphology and Syntax   Marit Julien     209
1...3-2   Peter Svenonius     239
Distributed Morphology and the Syntax-Morphology Interface   David Embick   Rolf Noyer     289
Morphology [Characters not reproducible] Syntax   Peter Ackema   Ad Neeleman     325
Dumping Lexicalism   Edwin Williams     353
Paradigm Function Morphology and the Morphology-Syntax Interface   Thomas Stewart   Gregory Stump     383
Meaning     423
Remarks on Compositionality   James Higginbotham     425
Semantics, Intonation, and Information Structure   Daniel Buring     445
Conventional Implicatures: A Distinguished Class of Meanings   Christopher Potts     475
Accommodation   David Beaver   Henk Zeevat     503
Architecture     539
Minimalism   Cedric Boeckx   Juan Uriagercka     541
On "the Computation"   Mark Steedman     575
Interfaces in Constraint-Based Theories of Grammar   Jonas Kuhn     613
Index of Names and Languages     651
Index of Subjects     657
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