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  • Towards a Biolinguistic Understanding of Grammarby Anna Maria Di Sciullo

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2012; US$ 158.00

    The theoretical proposals brought forward in this book as well as the results from the reported experimental studies present genuine contributions to the biolinguistic program. The papers contribute to our understanding of the properties of the computations and the representations derived by the language faculty, viewed as an organism of human biological.... more...

  • Generative Linguistics and Acquisitionby Misha Becker; John Grinstead; Jason Rothman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2013; US$ 149.00

    This paper proposes a new theory of why null-subjects of finite verbs are produced by young children developing a non-null-subject language. We first show that one of the extant theories, Topic-Drop, isn’t supported. Modifying ideas proposed in Rizzi (2006), we assume that finite null-subjects arise in the specifier of a root TP, and may be null... more...

  • Number ? Constructions and Semanticsby Anne Storch; Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 158.00

    Numeral systems of the Greater Awyu family of Papuan languages are the topic of this paper. Extended body-part systems that employ the fingers, parts of the arm and head are used by most languages in this family. Body-part based numeral systems of this type are only found in parts of New Guinea and Australia and are therefore of great interest for... more...

  • A History of the English Languageby Elly van Gelderen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    The English language in its complex shapes and forms changes fast. This thoroughly revised edition has been refreshed with current examples of change and has been updated regarding archeological research. Most suggestions brought up by users and reviewers have been incorporated, for instance, a family tree for Germanic has been added, Celtic influence... more...

  • Language Processing and Grammarsby Brian Nolan; Carlos Periñán-Pascual

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    This paper investigates the notion of low-level situational cognitive model, its role in linguistic description and its possible computational treatment in the knowledge base FunGramKB. Low-level situational models are exploited metonymically to produce situation-based implicatures. When such inferences become stably associated with a formal pattern,... more...

  • Missionary Linguistics V / Lingüística Misionera Vby Otto Zwartjes; Klaus Zimmermann; Martina Schrader-Kniffki

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 165.00

    Over the last decades several studies have appeared about the role of translation and interpreters in the process of European colonization of the Americas and Asia from the 15th century onwards. Placed in the most generic area of the History of Translation or, more specifically, in the area of missionary and colonial linguistics, these works have not... more...

  • Cognitive Grammar in Literatureby Chloe Harrison; Louise Nuttall; Peter Stockwell; Wenjuan Yuan

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    This is the first book to present an account of literary meaning and effects drawing on our best understanding of mind and language in the form of a Cognitive Grammar. The contributors provide exemplary analyses of a range of literature from science fiction, dystopia, absurdism and graphic novels to the poetry of Wordsworth, Hopkins, Sassoon, Balassi,... more...

  • The Evidential Basis of Linguistic Argumentationby András Kertész; Csilla Rákosi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 158.00

    This chapter provides a survey about the most frequent methods of inconsistency resolution in Optimality Theory. With the help of the p-model, inconsistencies in OT are divided into two main groups. The first group includes conflicts that are deemed to be fatal and are solved usually by the modification of the theory: namely, clashes between “linguistic... more...

  • Grammatical Variation and Change in Jersey Englishby Anna Rosen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    Situated at the crossroads of dialectology, sociolinguistics and contact linguistics, this volume provides a first comprehensive description of the morphosyntactic inventory of the variety of English spoken on Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. Based on a specially compiled corpus of spoken material containing both present-day sociolinguistic... more...

  • Auxiliary Selection in Spanishby Malte Rosemeyer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    Although usage-based linguistics emphasises the need for studies of language change to take frequency effects into account, there is a lack of research that tries to systematically model frequency effects and their relation to diffusion processes in language change. This monograph offers a diachronic study of the change in Spanish perfect auxiliary... more...