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Recently Published and of Typological Interest / ix 2011
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 THE GRAMMAR WATCH on the ALT website should pick
up again where we left off a while ago.
frans.plank at uni-konstanz.de
Bazzanella, Carla, with Rosa Pugliese & Erling Strudsholm. 2011.
Numeri per parlare: Da 'quattro chiacchiere' a 'grazie mille'. Roma:
Bowern, Claire. 2011. Sivisa Titan: Sketch grammar, texts, vocabulary
based on material collected by P. Josef Meier and Po Minis (Oceanic
Linguistics Special Publication No. 38). Honolulu: University of
Dalrymple, Mary & Irina Nikolaeva. 2011. Objects and information
structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
[In many languages, the objects of transitive verbs are either marked
by grammatical case or agreement on the verb, or they remain unmarked:
this is differential object marking. This book is a cross-linguistic
study of how differential object marking is affected by information
structure, the structuring of the utterance in accordance with the
informational value of its elements and contextual factors. Marked
objects tend to be associated with old information or information that
the sentence is about, while unmarked objects tend to express new
information. The book also sheds light on grammatical patterning in
languages with differential object marking: in some languages marked
and unmarked objects have identical grammatical properties, whereas in
other languages marked objects are more active in syntax. Finally, it
provides a theory of the historical changes that lead to the emergence
of various patterns of differential object marking.]
Diewald, Gabriele & Elena Smirnova (eds.). 2011. Linguistic
realization of evidentiality in European languages. Berlin: De Gruyter
Dimmendaal, Gerrit J. 2011. Historical linguistics and the comparative
study of African languages. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Dindelegan, Gabriela Pană (ed.). 2011. Gramatica de bază a limbii
române. Bucureşti: Academia Română.
Dixon, R. M. W. 2011. I am a linguist. Leiden: Brill.
[I am a Linguist provides a fascinating account of the academic
adventures of multi-faceted linguist, R.M.W. (Bob) Dixon. There is
fieldwork (and lengthy grammars) on Dyirbal, Yidiñ and other
Aboriginal languages of Australia, the Boumaa dialect of Fijian, and
Jarawara from the dense jungles of Amazonia. Theoretical studies
include adjective classes, ergativity and complement clauses. There
are also detective novels, science fiction stories, and pioneering
work on blues and gospel discography. Interspersed with the
autobiographical narrative are explanations of how linguistics is a
scientific discipline, of the development of universities, of
diminishing academic standards, and of the treatment of Aboriginal
people in Australia. The book is written in an easy, accessible style
with numerous illustrative anecdotes. It will be an inspiration to
young linguists and of interest to the general reader curious about
what a scientific linguist does. [Publishers]]
Do, Tu-Anh. 2011. Typologie der tonalen Systeme in den Sprachen des
südostasiatischen Festlandes. Berlin: LIT.
Evans, Nicholas, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson, & Asifa Majid
(eds.). 2011. Reciprocals and semantic typology. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Gijn, Rik van, Katharina Haude, & Pieter Muysken (eds.). 2011.
Subordination in native South American languages. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Givón, T. 2011. Ute reference grammar. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Güldemann, Tom. 2008. Quotative indexes in African languages: A
synchronic and diachronic survey (EALT 34). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Haselow, Alexander. 2011. Typological changes in the lexicon: Analytic
tendencies in English noun formation. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
[This is the first study of the typological change of English from a
synthetic towards an analytic language that focuses exclusively on the
lexical domain of the language. It presents an innovative approach to
linguistic typology by focusing on the different encoding techniques
used in the lexicon, providing a theoretical framework for the
description of structural types (synthetic, analytic) and encoding
techniques (fusional, isolating, agglutinative, incorporating) found
in the lexicon of a language.
It is argued that, in the case of English, the change from
syntheticity to analyticity did not only affect its inflectional
system and the encoding of grammatical information, but also the
derivational component. Based on a cognitive approach to derivation,
the book provides empirical evidence for a considerable decline in the
use of synthetic structures and a trend towards higher degrees of
analyticity in a specific lexical domain of English, the formation of
nouns by means of derivation. The full extent of this change surfaced
during the transition from Old English to early Middle English, but it
was later partly reversed though influence from French. The
typological shift was thus the result of a global structural
reorganization of the language that resulted in a fundamental change
of the structure of words.
The book also presents a comprehensive account of the historical
development of nominal derivation from the beginnings of Old English
until the end of the early Middle English period. Based on empirical
data from written sources the study documents the frequency of use of
all Germanic-based derivational morphemes for nominalizations over
different subperiods and discusses their origin as well as important
changes of their semantic and morphological properties. [Publishers]]
Ikegami, Yoshihiko. 2007. Sprachwissenschaft des Tuns und Werdens:
Typologie der japanischen Sprache und Kultur. Berlin: LIT.
Jung, Hakyung. 2011. The syntax of the be-possessive: Parametric
variation and surface diversities. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Khabirov, Valerij P. 2010. Sintagmatičeskaja morfologija kontaktnogo
jazyka sango. Ekaterinburg: Uralskij gospeduniversitet.
[The book is devoted to the description of the grammatical system of
one of the most dynamic languages (lingua franca) of Africa. The
structure of Contact Sango with its reduced morphology can adequately
be described on the basis of syntactic data. The description of Sango
grammar starts from the description of the verbal paradigm in a
minimal utterance on the basis of the syntactic information it gives.
The book consists of 4 parts: I. Introduction; 2. Phonology of Sango;
3. Syntagmatic morphology (with types of minimal utterances); 4.
Derivation and Compounding. At the end of the book there are texts in
Sango and Ngbandi which is considered to be the base language of
Contact Sango. [Author]]
Kibort, Anna & Greville G. Corbett (eds.). 2011. Features:
Perspectives on a key notion in linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University
Lemaréchal, Alain. 2010. Comparative grammar and typology: Essays on
the historical grammar of the Austronesian languages. Leuven: Peeters.
Lomashvili, Leila. 2011. Complex predicates: The syntax-morphology
interface. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
[Focus on causatives and applicatives in South Caucasian.]
McWhorter, John H. 2011. Linguistic simplicity and complexity: Why
do languages undress? Belin: De Gruyter Mouton.
[In John McWhorter’s Defining Creole anthology of 2005, his collected
articles conveyed the following theme: His hypothesis that creole
languages are definable not just in the sociohistorical sense, but in
the grammatical sense. His publications since the 1990s have argued
that all languages of the world that lack a certain three traits
together are creoles (i.e. born as pidgins a few hundred years ago and
fleshed out into real languages). He also argued that in light of
their pidgin birth, such languages are less grammatically complex than
others, as the result of their recent birth as pidgins. These two
claims have been highly controversial among creolists as well as other
linguists. In this volume, Linguistic Simplicity and
Complexity,McWhorter gathers articles he has written since then, in
the wake of responses from a wide range of creolists and linguists.
These articles represent a considerable divergence in direction from
his earlier work.]
Malchukov, Andrej, Martin Haspelmath, & Bernard Comrie (eds.). 2010.
Studies in ditransitive constructions: A comparative handbook. Berlin:
De Gruyter Mouton.
Malchukov, Andrej & Anna Siewierska (eds.). 2011. Impersonal
constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Miola, Emanuele & Paolo Ramat (eds.). 2011. Language contact and
language decay: Socio-political and linguistic perspectives. Pavia:
Morey, Stephen. 2010. Turung: A variety of Singpho language spoken in
Assam (Pacific Linguistics 614). Canberra: Australian National
Peterson, John. 2011. A grammar of Kharia. Leiden: Brill.
Kharia, spoken in central-eastern India, is a member of the southern
branch of the Munda family, which forms the western branch of the
Austro-Asiatic phylum, stretching from central India to Vietnam. The
present study provides the most extensive description of Kharia to
date and covers all major areas of the grammar. Of particular interest
in the variety of Kharia described here, is that there is no evidence
for assuming the existence of parts-of-speech, such as noun, adjective
and verb. Rather functions such as reference, modification and
predication are expressed by one of two syntactic structures, referred
to here as “syntagmas”. [Publishers]]
Puglielli, Annarita & Mara Frascarelli. 2011. Linguistic analysis:
From data to theory. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
[This book reconsiders the classic topics of linguistic analysis and
reflects on universal aspects of language from a typological and
comparative perspective. The aim is to show the crucial interactions
which occur at the different levels of grammar (phonology, morphology,
lexicon, syntax and pragmatics), illustrating their various roles in
the structural organization of the sentence and exploring how
interface relations contribute to yield interpretation in
typologically different languages. The structural analysis is set
within the Generative framework of grammar, though theoretical tenets
are the outcome, rather than the starting point, of a study based on
the observation of data.
As the basic intent is to show different phenomena across a wide range
of languages, a 'semi-guided' method has been adopted in order to
facilitate comprehension and assist the reader in the identification
of language universals. For every topic, the discussion of previous
literature is followed by cross-linguistic evidence so that theory can
be checked against data and the relevant generalizations drawn.
Ultimately, this approach reveals that grammar is based on a very
limited number of universal principles, which operate yielding
different effects at the different levels of the grammar. It implies
that a real understanding of the language-system can only be derived
from a comparative analysis in which the notion of interface plays a
The seven chapters in the volume deal with categories and functions,
argument structure, syntactic functions, the structure of noun
phrases, adverbial modification, information structure and illocutive
force. Throughout, the observation of data from 74 languages is a
crucial element in the formulation and understanding of theoretical
Rose, Françoise. 2011. Grammaire de l'émérillon teko, une langue
tupi-guarani de Guyane Française. Leuven: Peeters.
[Cet ouvrage constitue la première description de l’émérillon
teko, langue d’une petite communauté amérindienne vivant dans la
forêt amazonienne de Guyane française. Il s’agit d’une langue à
tradition orale en danger d’extinction.
De nombreux domaines sont traités, de la phonologie à l’analyse du
discours en passant par la morphosyntaxe. L’analyse est illustrée
par un grand nombre d’exemples tirés d’un corpus constitué de
textes spontanés recueillis auprès de locuteurs sur le terrain.
La grammaire offre, le long de ses 17 chapitres, un excellent panorama
des structures d’une langue de la famille tupi-guarani, une des plus
importantes d’Amérique du Sud. L'émérillon forme par ailleurs un
spécimen représentatif des langues d’Amazonie.
Cet ouvrage se veut donc une grammaire de référence de
l’émérillon qui, par son orientation à la fois comparative et
typologique, intéressera tout autant les typologues que les
amérindianistes, ainsi que toute personne curieuse de découvrir une
langue jusque-là inconnue. [Publishers]]
Siemund, Peter (ed.). 2011. Linguistic universals and language
variation. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
Stolz, Thomas, Cornelia Stroh, & Aina Urdze. 2011. Total
reduplication: The areal linguistics of a potential universal (Studia
typologica 8). Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.
Yap, Foong Ha, Karen Grunow-Hårsta, & Janick Wrona (eds.). 2011.
Nominalization in Asian languages: Diachronc and typological
perspectives. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
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