Reality Exploration and Discovery: Pattern Interaction in Language and Life

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The twenty-five papers in this volume present current analyses of a variety of data and, more significantly, illustrate the various analytical tools available to linguists in the quest for deeper comprehension of the puzzles, question, and problems they confront in natural language. The distinguished group of authors presented here explore interactions in linguistic structure and sound patterns across a diverse set of languages. The integrating theme of the volume is the influence of K.P. Mohanan's philosophy of ...

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Overview

The twenty-five papers in this volume present current analyses of a variety of data and, more significantly, illustrate the various analytical tools available to linguists in the quest for deeper comprehension of the puzzles, question, and problems they confront in natural language. The distinguished group of authors presented here explore interactions in linguistic structure and sound patterns across a diverse set of languages. The integrating theme of the volume is the influence of K.P. Mohanan's philosophy of inquiry, derived not only from his rich body of diverse work, but also from the fresh perspectives and intellectual vitality he has shared with colleagues and students in a career spanning over three decades.

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Linda Ann Uyechi is a lecturer in the Department of Music at Stanford University. Lian-Hee Wee is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Intellectual Restlessness: Inquiry and Analysis Lian-Hee Wee Linda Uyechi xiii

I Realities and Life

1 "He Who Can, Does" - and Teaches, and Teaches Teachers Tony T.N. Hung 3

2 Educating a Linguist Jean Ann 9

3 A Prolegomenon to Linguistology Malavika Tara Mohanan 19

II Exploration of Interaction in Sound Patterns

4 Persistent Substratum Contrasts Bao Zhiming 25

5 Repetition in Linguistic Change: Tone in Kwa Languages of C?te d'Ivoire William R. Leben Firmin Ahoua 35

6 Syllables, Vowel Length and the Spread of Suprasegmentals Mark Donohue 47

7 Kikuyu Consonant Mutation Long Peng 59

8 Vowel Harmony in Kimaragang as a Lexical Rule Paul R. Krokger 75

9 Exploring the Dilemma of the Split-L Geminate Pattern in Hong Kong English Lian-Hee Wee 89

10 Optimality Theory as a Probabilistic Model John C. Paolillo 105

11 Reduplication in Stratal OT Paul Kiparsky 125

12 The Emergence of Optimality Theory K.P. Mohanan D. Archangeli D. Pulleyblank 143

III Exploration of Interaction in Structural Patterns

13 The Gradience of the Dative Alternation Joan Bresnan Tatiana Nikitina 161

14 A Comparison of the English and Korean Double Object Eunjeong Oh Maria Luisa Zubizarreta 185

15 Headless Relative Clauses and WH-Questions in Singapore Malay Norhaida Aman Peter Cole Gabriella Hermon 201

16 Raising in a Unified Theory of Structure-Sharing in LFG Alex Alsina 213

17 Complex Predication: How Did the Child Pinch the Elephant? Miriam Butt Tracy Holloway King Gillian Ramchand 231

18 Constraints on Operator Binding in Malayalam Mary Dalrymple 257

19 Evidence for the Linearization-Based Theory of Long-Distance Scrambling in Japanese Sh?ichi Yatabe 271

20 Aspects of the Semantics of Logophoricity: Comparison of Malayalam with Yoruba and Japanese YO Matsumoto 287

21 Unpredicated Particles Beth Levin Peter Sells 303

22 The Discourse Mode of Mandarin Verbal -le Sentences Shiao Wei Tham 325

23 Variation and Ambiguity Vivienne Fong Arto Anttila 345

24 Now We See It, Now We Don't: Agreement Puzzles in ASL Carol Neidle 359

25 Prioritizing Constraint Sets in the Grammar of Carnatic Music K.G. Vijayakrishnan 375

IV Bibliography of K.P. Mohanan's Work (1981-2009)

26 Works K.P. Mohanan 395

27 Co-Authored Works K.P. Mohanan 401

Index 405

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