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The (non-)universality of syntactic selection and functional application
(Editions du CNRS, 2012)
Nothing beats diversity for finding out what is truly universal about natural languages. But the importance of diversity goes beyond the obvious fact that universality can be recognized only in the face of diversity. ...
The perfect in context: A corpus study
(University of Pennsylvania, 2006)
Several recent studies of the English present perfect have argued that its interpretation requires addressees to draw pragmatic inferences (Portner 2003; Borillo et al. 2004; Nishiyama and Koenig 2004). Portner (2003) ...
Strong linearity and the typology of templates
The term template is commonly employed in linguistic description and analysis when salient aspects of the linear arrangement of the subconstituents of some larger constituent appear to be specified independently ...
Split prosody and creole simplicity: The case of Saramaccan
Saramaccan, an Atlantic creole whose lexifier languages are Portuguese and English, has a “split” prosodic system wherein the majority of its words are marked for pitch accent but an important minority are marked for ...
Ways to go: Methodological considerations in Whorfian studies on motion events
Do language-specific patterns of motion event encoding along the lines of Talmy’s (2000) typology of verb-framed (V) vs. satellite-framed (S) languages influence nonlinguistic cognition? Finkbeiner et al. (2002), Gennari ...
Quantifying Language Dynamics: Introduction
Paradigmatic complexity in pidgins and creoles
(Edinburgh University Press, 2015)
The last decade has seen increasing attention paid to questions of grammatical complexity, in particular regarding the extent to which some languages can be said to be more “complex” than others, whether globally or with ...
Commentary on the Bostoen et al.’s Middle to Late Holocene paleoclimatic change and the early Bantu Expansion in the rain forests of western Central Africa
(University of Chicago Press, 2015)
The paper by Bostoen et al. is a landmark attempt to synthesize results from a range of disciplines in order to refine our understanding of the Bantu expansion. It comes at an important moment in the field of linguistics ...
Modeling contested categorization in linguistic databases
A fundamental problem in the design of linguistic databases is finding effective ways to encode content which is of a contested nature—that is, content which involves data for which there is no general consensus on how ...
A review of “Dynamics of contact-induced language change” by Claudine Chamoreau and Isabelle Léglise (eds.)
(John Benjamins, 2016)
The present volume consists of twelve chapters, along with an introduction by the editors, and its general focus is the relationship between language contact and language change in morphological and syntactic constructions. ...