Recently published: Books for review in LT
Frans.Plank at UNI-KONSTANZ.DE
Tue Sep 28 07:52:26 UTC 2010
Recently Published and of Typological Interest / ix 2010
New publications of potential typological interest are periodically
advertised on the lingtyp list. Apart from directly commissioning
reviews, LT solicits offers from lingtypists to review books – those
listed here or whichever others you’d like to add on your own
understanding of the attribute “typologically relevant”. (And do
construe its scope liberally!) For purposes of book reviewing in LT,
what matters is that REVIEWS are done from a distinctively typological
angle, from whatever angles the books reviewed are done. Prospective
reviewers so intentioned please get in touch.
Drop me a line with bibliographical particulars if you want to make
sure your own relevant publications will be included in the next
listing. The most effective indication of the existence of a new
relevant book is the receipt of a review copy; do remind your
publisher to send one to:
78457 Konstanz, Germany.
Regrettably, many previously listed titles have remained unreviewed in
LT. However, typological publications can have long shelf-lives, and
you’re welcome to make your pick and review now what has been listed
before and is not past the sell-by date.
Do feel free to also offer to review grammars for LT (again, from a
distinctively typological angle). Some are included in our listings
here, but eventually GRAMMAR WATCH on the ALT website should pick up
again where we left off a while ago.
frans.plank at uni-konstanz.de
Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. 2010. Imperatives and commands. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
[This is the first cross-linguistic study of imperatives, and commands
of other kinds, across the world's languages. It makes a significant
and original contribution to the understanding of their morphological,
syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic characteristics. The author
discusses the role imperatives and commands play in human cognition
and how they are deployed in different cultures, and in doing so
offers fresh insights on patterns of human interaction and communcation.
Alexandra Aikhenvald examines the ways of framing commands, or command
strategies, in languages that do not have special imperative forms.
She analyses the grammatical and semantic properties of positive and
negative imperatives and shows how these correlate with categories
such as tense, information source, and politeness. She looks at the
relation of command pragmatics to cultural practices, assessing, for
example, the basis for Margaret Mead's assumption that the harsher the
people the more frequently they use imperatives. Professor Aikhenvald
covers a wide range of language families, including many relatively
neglected examples from North America, Amazonia, and New Guinea. The
book is accompanied by illustrations of some conventional command
Amberber, Mengistu, Brett Baker, & Mark Harvey (eds.). 2010. Complex
predicates: Cross-linguistic perspectives on event structure.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Baerman, Matthew, Greville G. Corbett, & Dunstan Brown (eds.). 2010.
Defective paradigms: Missing forms and what they tell us. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
Bowers, John. 2010. Arguments as relations. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
[In Arguments as Relations, John Bowers proposes a radically new
approach to argument structure that has the potential to unify data
from a wide range of different language types in terms of a simple and
universal syntactic structure. In many ways, Bowers’s theory is the
natural extension of three leading ideas in the literature: the
minimalist approach to Case theory (particularly Chomsky’s idea that
Case is assigned under the Agree function relation); the idea of
introducing arguments in specifiers of functional categories rather
than in projections of lexical categories; and the neo-Davidsonian
approach to argument structure represented in the work of Parsons and
others. Bowers pulls together these strands in the literature and
shapes them into a unified theory. These ideas, together with certain
basic assumptions — notably the idea that the initial order of merge
of the three basic argument categories of Agent, Theme, and Affectee
is just the opposite of what has been almost universally assumed in
the literature — lead Bowers to a fundamental rethinking of argument
structure. He proposes that every argument is merged as the specifier
of a particular type of light verb category and that these functional
argument categories merge in bottom-to-top fashion in accordance with
a fixed Universal Order of Merge (UOM). In the hierarchical structures
that result from these operations, Affectee arguments will be highest,
Theme arguments next highest, and Agent arguments lowest — exactly
the opposite of the usual assumption. [MIT Press]]
Bybee, Joan. 2010. Language, usage and cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge
Cinque, Guglielmo. 2010. The syntax of adjectives: A comparative
study. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
[In The Syntax of Adjectives, Guglielmo Cinque offers cross-linguistic
evidence that adjectives have two sources. Arguing against the
standard view, and reconsidering his own earlier analysis, Cinque
proposes that adjectives enter the nominal phase either as
“adverbial” modifiers to the noun or as predicates of reduced
relative clauses. Some of his evidence comes from a systematic
comparison between Romance and Germanic languages. These two language
families differ with respect to the canonical position taken by
adjectives, which is prenominal in Germanic and both pre- and
postnominal in Romance. Cinque shows that a simple N(oun)-raising
analysis encounters a number of problems, the primary one of which is
its inability to express a fundamental generalization governing the
interpretation of pre- and postnominal adjectives in the two language
families. Cinque argues that N-raising as such should be abandoned in
favor of XP-raising — a conclusion also supported by evidence from
other language families. After developing this framework for
analyzing the syntax of adjectives, Cinque applies it to the syntax of
English and Italian adjectives. An appendix offers a brief discussion
of other languages that appear to distinguish overtly between the two
sources of adjectives. [MIT Press]]
Diewald, Gabriele & Elena Smirnova. 2010. Evidentiality in German:
Linguistic realization and regularities in grammaticalization. Berlin:
De Gruyter Mouton.
Gildea, Spike & Francesc Queixalós (eds.). 2010. Ergativity in
Amazonia. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Godard, Danièle (ed.). 2010. Fundamental issues in the Romance
languages. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
Guillaume, Antoine. 2008. A grammar of Cavineña (MGL 44). Berlin: De
Hasko, Victoria & Renee Perelmutter (eds.). 2010. New approaches to
Slavic verbs of motion. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Hinrichs, Uwe, with Petra Himstedt-Vaid (eds.). 2010. Handbuch der
Eurolinguistik. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
Hogeweg, Lotte, Helen de Hoop and Andrej Malchukov (eds.) 2009. Cross-
linguistic semantics of tense, aspect, and modality. Amsterdam:
Luraghi, Silvia & Vit Bubenik (eds.). 2010. Continuum companion to
historical linguistics. London: Continuum.
Maisak, Timur & Ekaterina Rakhilina (eds.). 2007. Glagoly dviženija v
vode: Leksičeskaja tipologija. Moskva: Indrik.
Nordström, Jackie. 2010. Modality and subordinators. Amsterdam:
Operstein, Natalie. 2010. Consonant structure and prevocalization.
[The monograph provides the first systematic synchronic and diachronic
study of Consonant Prevocalization and proposes a new interpretation
of the intrasegmental structure of consonants. The proposed model
makes strong predictions that are automatically relevant to
phonological theory at both the diachronic and synchronic levels, and
also to the phonetics of articulatory evolution. It also clearly
demonstrates that a wide generalization of the notion of consonant
prevocalization provides a uniform account for many well-known
processes generally considered independent – from asynchronous
palatalization in Polish to intrusive [r] in nonrhotic English, to
vowel epentheses in Avestan, and to pre-/s/ vowel prothesis in Welsh
and Western Romance. Consonant Prevocalization has not played a
significant role in the development of modern phonological theory to
date, and this work is the first to highlight its broad theoretical
significance. It develops important theoretical insights, with a
wealth of supporting data and a rich bibliography. The book will be of
great interest to phonologists, phoneticians, typologists, and
historical linguists. [Author]]
Palancar, Enrique L. 2009. Gramática y Textos del Hñöñhö: Otomí
de San Ildefonso Tultepec, Querétaro. Mexico City: Plaza y Valdés.
[Volumen I: Gramática, ISBN 978-607-402-146-2, 630 pp.], [Volumen II:
Textos, ISBN 978-607-402-147-9, 150 pp. + CD].
Pericliev, Vladimir. 2010. Machine-aided linguistic discovery: An
introduction and some examples. London: Equinox.
Quick, Phil. 2007. A grammar of the Pendau language of Central
Sulawesi, Indonesia (Pacific Linguistics 590). Canberra: Australian
Song, Jae Jung (ed.). 2010. The Oxford handbook of linguistic
typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Urdze, Aina Mārĩte. 2010. Ideophone in Europa: Die Grammatik der
lettischen Geräuschverben (Diversitas Linguarum 27). Bochum:
Universitätsverlag Dr. N. Brockmeyer.
[This is just one book, despite the two titles. [FP]]
Zúñiga, Fernando & Seppo Kittilä (eds.). 2010. Benefactives and
malefactives: Typological perspectives and case studies. Amsterdam:
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