Principles and Prediction: The analysis of natural language. Papers in honor of Gerald Sanders

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The volume is divided into four sections: typology, syntax, discourse and phonology. Two of the typology papers study the structure and organization of category systems (Joseph Greenberg, Linda Schwartz); the third discusses language typology and universals from the perspective of language acquisition (Fred Eckman).
The eight papers in the syntax section are of three types. Edith Moravcsik and James Tai discuss 'general' issues of linguistic theory/domain. Four papers (Mushira ...
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Overview

The volume is divided into four sections: typology, syntax, discourse and phonology. Two of the typology papers study the structure and organization of category systems (Joseph Greenberg, Linda Schwartz); the third discusses language typology and universals from the perspective of language acquisition (Fred Eckman).
The eight papers in the syntax section are of three types. Edith Moravcsik and James Tai discuss 'general' issues of linguistic theory/domain. Four papers (Mushira Eid, Michael Kac, Nancy Hedberg, Larry Hutchinson) address specific analyses and their implications from language-particular and theoretical perspectives. The papers by Deborah Dahl and Thomas Rindflesch relate theoretical concepts and analyses to natural language processing.
In the section on discourse, the contributions by Anita Barry and Amy Sheldon deal with interpersonal conflict; George Yule discusses the selection between direct and indirect speech forms. Helga Delisle and Cynthia Clamons consider ways in which choices among, or variation in, some grammatical and semantic categories may be explainable on pragmatic and discourse grounds.
The phonology papers are focused on two major themes: underspecification and borrowing. Four of the articles address the issue of underspecification in phonological representations (Daniel Dinnsen, Joseph Stemberger, Janet Bing, Gregory Iverson). In the other two papers questions of borrowing are discussed, in Nancy Stenson's contribution from a synchronic perspective, and in Gunter Schaarsmidt's paper from a historical one.
The volume is completed by a subject index and a language index.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
Introduction
A Tribute to Gerald Sanders 1
The Second Person is Rightly So Called 9
The Structure of Category Systems 25
On the Natural Domain of Linguistic Universals 45
Why is Syntax Complicated? 73
What is Categorial Grammar Really Good For? 93
The Logic of Relative Adjectives 105
On the Subject-Predicate Structure of Pseudoclefts 119
Negation and Predicate Heads 135
Iconicity: Motivations in Chinese Grammar 153
Hypothesizing Case Frame Information for New Verbs 175
Local Ambiguity and Natural Language Processing 187
Constructing a Courtroom Narrative 203
Saying it With a Smile 215
Vera Hayden's Dilemma, or the Indirection in Direct Speech 233
Anaphora in German Discourse 243
Gender Assignment in Oromo 269
Underspecification and Phonological Disorders 287
Rule Ordering in Child Phonology 305
Default Features in Contour Tones: Evidence from Krahn/Wobe 327
Lexical versus Postlexical Rule Application in Catalan 339
Variation in Phonological Assimilation of Irish Loanwords 351
Dialect Variation in Sorbian Reflexes of the Common Slavic jers 367
Subject Index 377
Language Index 381
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