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Polymorphous Linguistics

Jim McCawley's Legacy

Paperback Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9780262562096
Number Of Pages: 560
For Ages: 18+ years old

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James McCawley (1938-1999) was one of the most significant linguists of the latter half of the twentieth century. His legacy to a generation of linguists encompasses not only his work in phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and the philosophy of language but also his emphasis on bridging research in linguistics with that in other disciplines, from anthropology and psychology to physics and biology. This book, written by his former students—all now scholars in their own right—pays tribute to McCawley by pursuing questions about language that engaged him during his career. The variety of perspectives in these essays reflects McCawley's eclecticism as well his belief that what is important in scholarly work is not the analytic framework used but the insights reached.

The book considers topics in phonology; syntax, with several essays on Indic languages (in which McCawley had a special interest) as well as one on African-American English; tense, aspect, and mood; semantics and pragmatics, with essays in these areas grouped together to reflect the intertwining of McCawley's work on these subjects; knowledge of language; and the treatment of language, with its implicit colonial biases, in the 11th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Scholar, Teacher, Inspirationp. xi
Publicationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Sequential Voicing and Lyman's Law in Old Japanesep. 27
NP Gaps in Tamil: Syntactic versus Pragmaticp. 47
V&abar;cya, Prayoga, and Hindu Sentences without Grammatical Subjectsp. 69
The Grammaticalization of Aspect in Tamil and Its Semantic Sourcesp. 83
Causation and Tense in Subordinate Clauses: Conjunctive Participles and Conditionals in Bangla and Hindip. 109
Independence in Subordinate Clauses: Analysis of Nonrestrictive Relative Clauses in English and Japanesep. 135
Syntactic Mimicry as Evidence for Prototypes in Grammarp. 161
Gerundive Modifiers in English and Koreanp. 183
Multiple Mechanisms Underlying Morphological Productivityp. 203
How Many Bes Are There in English?p. 225
Tense, Aspect, and Mood
On McCawley on Tensep. 249
On the Fuzzy Boundary between Tense and Aspect in Japanesep. 261
Counterfactuality in Burmesep. 283
Retrospective Mood in Korean: A Constraint-based Approachp. 295
Semantics and Pragmatics
An Un- paper for the Unsyntacticianp. 329
Semantic Noun Phrase Typologyp. 367
The Paradox of Mass Pluralsp. 389
Everything that Linguists Have Always Wanted to Know about Ironic Presuppositions and Implicatures but Were Ashamed to Askp. 411
Knowledge of Language
Deficits in Pronoun Interpretation: Clues to a Theory of Competence and Acquisitionp. 433
Why Verb Agreement Is Not the Poster Child for Any General Form Principlep. 455
A Cognitively Plausible Model of Linguistic Intuitionp. 479
Encyclopedia and Language
Language and Languages in the Eleventh Britannicap. 505
Abbreviationsp. 531
Contributorsp. 537
Indexp. 545
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ISBN: 9780262562096
ISBN-10: 026256209X
Series: Polymorphous Linguistics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 1st June 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.93

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