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A Grand Challenge for Linguistics: Scaling Up and Integrating Models
The preeminent grand challenge facing the field of linguistics is the integration of theories and analyses from different levels of linguistic structure and aspects of language use to develop comprehensive models of language. ...
The descriptive grammar as a (meta)database
This paper presents a general model for the structure of the traditional descriptive grammar based on a survey of four printed grammars, each of which was chosen as representative of a different "genre": a "best-practice" ...
A gentle introduction to metadata
Metadata is a new word based on an old concept. Any summary of the contents of a library or archive, like a card catalog, contains metadata. It is the preferred term of the technical community to refer to ``card-catalog'' ...
How to become a “Kwa” noun
(Springer Netherlands, 2012-03-21)
An important problem of comparative Niger-Congo morphology is understanding the processes that relate word structures in languages of the isolating “Kwa” type to those of the agglutinating “Bantu” type. A salient sub-problem ...
Book review: Childs, G. Tucker (2003). An Introduction to African Languages
(John Benjamins, 2009-02)
Review: Stress, tone, and intonation in Creoles and contact languages (Parth Bhatt and Ingo Plag, eds.)
(John Benjamins, 2008)
There has been a fair amount of research on the prosodic systems of contact languages in recent years (see, e.g., Devonish, 2002; Good, 2004; Gooden, 2003; and Remijsen & van Heuven, 2005, among others). And, at least ...
Typologizing grammatical complexities or Why creoles may be paradigmatically simple but syntagmatically average
(John Benjamins, 2012)
An important theme in work attempting to situate creoles with respect to non-creoles typologically is the extent to which it can be said that creole grammars are relatively simple from a cross-linguistic perspective. ...
Tone and accent in Saramaccan: Charting a deep split in the phonology of a language
Saramaccan, an Atlantic creole spoken in Surinam, has traditionally been analyzed as exhibiting a high-tone/low-tone opposition in its lexicon. However, while it is true that part of its lexicon exhibits a robust high/low ...