The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

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Gillian Ramchand, Charles Reiss
OUP Oxford, Feb 22, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 669 pages
This state-of-the-art guide to some of the most exciting work in current linguistics explores how the core components of the language faculty interact. It examines how these interactions are reflected in linguistic and cognitive theory, considers what they reveal about the operations of language within the mind, and looks at their reflections in expression and communication. Leading international scholars present cutting-edge accounts of developments in the interfaces between phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. They bring to bear a rich variety of methods and theoretical perspectives, focus on a broad array of issues and problems, and illustrate their arguments from a wide range of the world's languages. After the editors' introduction to its structure, scope, and content, the book is divided into four parts. The first, Sound, is concerned with the interfaces between phonetics and phonology, phonology and morphology, and phonology and syntax. Part II, Structure, considers the interactions of syntax with morphology, semantics, and the lexicon, and explores the status of the word and its representional status in the mind. Part III, Meaning, revisits the syntax-semantics interface from the perspective of compositionality, and looks at issues concerned with intonation, discourse, and context. The authors in the final part of the book, General Architectural Concerns, examine work on Universal Grammar, the overall model of language, and linguistic and associated theories of language and cognition. All scholars and advanced students of language will value this book, whether they are in linguistics, cognitive science, philosophy, artificial intelligence, computational science, or informatics.

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Gillian Ramchand was born in Scotland, and grew up in Britain and the Caribbean. After receiving her PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University, she worked as Lecturer in General Linguistics at Oxford University for ten years, and is now Professor of Linguistics at University of Tromsø. She is interested in issues at the syntax-semantics interface, especially in the areas of aspect and argument structure, and has worked on both the Bengali and Scottish Gaelic languages.

Charles Reiss is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal. He is interested in phonology, language acquisition, cognitive science and historical linguistics. His 1995 Harvard PhD dissertation A Theory of Assimilation, with special reference to Old Icelandic Phonology combined insights from all these domains, and he continues to publish journal articles and book chapters in this interdisciplinary vein.

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