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Architectures, Rules, and Preferences

Variations on Themes by Joan W. Bresnan

edited by Annie Zaenen, Jane Simpson, Tracy Holloway King, Jane Grimshaw, Joan Maling, and Chris Manning

Architectures, Rules, and Preferences reflects the interests and honors the influence of Joan W. Bresnan's two decades of foundational work on Lexical-Functional Grammar. This comprehensive volume includes contributions by leading linguists on language typology, synchronic variation, language change, constituent structure, function identification, subject condition, control, complex predicates, NP internal structure, wh-constructions, syntactic features, and lexical issues. Featuring an impressive range of empirical and theoretical research, this collection covers more than a dozen spoken languages as well as American Sign Language.

Language typology and synchronic variation are addressed by Borjars, Nordlinger, Sadler, Seiler, and Vincent. Language change is discussed by Allen, Borjars, Butt, Ishikawa, and Vincent.

Several papers explore specific syntactic problems of constituent structure, including NP internal structure (Allen, Yehuda Falk, Fassi Fehri, Grimshaw, Seiler, and Vinet), function identification (Berman), the subject condition (Alsina), control (Asudeh and Toivonen), complex predicates (Ishikawa), traceless accounts of wh-constructions (Dalrymple, Kaplan, and King) and syntactic features (Alvarez, Borjars, Frederking, Good, Levin, and Vincent). Lexical issues are explored by Kroeger, Levin, Peterson, and Rappoport Hovav.

Extensions of the parallel architecture of LFG to information structure find an expression in work by Butt, Mchombo, Neidle, and Simpson. Work in LFG incorporating insights from Optimality Theory (OT) is found in Cho, Choi, Lee and Siaki, whereas Andrews shows how to develop an OT-LFG with semantic interpretation. Jaeger and Maslova consider the foundations of stochastic OT.

Annie Zaenen is Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center and consulting professor at Stanford University.


  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • I Division of Labor: Phrase Structure and Functional Structure
  • 1 Variation in the NP/DP in Old English
    Cynthia L. Allen
  • 2 Apparent Copular Inversion and the Theory of Null Subjects
    Alex Alsina
  • 3 Copy Raising and its Consequences for Perceptual Reports
    Ash Asudeh and Ida Toivonen
  • 4 Functional Identification of Complement Clauses in German
    Judith Berman
  • 5 The Absence of Traces: Evidence from Weak Crossover
    Mary Dalrymple, Ronald M. Kaplan, and Tracy Holloway King
  • 6 Constituent Structure and GFs in the Hebrew Nominal Phrase
    Yehuda N. Falk
  • 7 Interplay between Manual and Nonmanual Expressions
    Carol Neidle
  • 8 Verbless Clauses: Revealing the Structure Within
    Rachel Nordlinger and Louisa Sadler
  • II Morpho-Syntax: Features of Words and their Syntactic Effects
  • 9 Number and Classfinder Distributions in Arabic and Chinese
    Abdelkader Fassi Fehri and Marie-Thérèse Vinet
  • 10 Boxes and Piles and What's in Them
    Jane Grimshaw
  • 11 An Analysis of Japanese Honorific Predicates
    Akira Ishikawa
  • 12 Morphosyntactic vs. Morphosemantic Function
    Paul Kroeger
  • 13 Automatc Learning of Grammatical Encoding
    Lori Levin, Jeff good, Alison Alvarez, Robert Frederking
  • 14 Number and Case ‘Agreement’ in Coordination
    Peter Peterson
  • 15 Feature Resolution and the Content of Features
    Nigel Vincent and Kersti Börjars
  • III Meaning: Semantics and Information Structure
  • 16 Input and Glue in OT-LFG
    Avery D. Andrews
  • 17 The Role of Pronominal Suffices in Punjabi
    Miriam Butt
  • 18 Dislocation and Split NPs in Chicheŵa
    Sam Mchombo
  • 19 Deconstructing Thematic Hierarchies
    Malka Rappaport Hovav and Beth Levin
  • 13 Automatc Learning of Grammatical Encoding
    Lori Levin, Jeff good, Alison Alvarez, Robert Frederking
  • 20 Expressing Pragmatic Constraints on Word Order
    Jane Simpson
  • IV Variation
  • 21 Melody, Rhythm, and Prosodic Structure in Linguistic Chants
    Young-Mee Yu Cho and Mariko Saiki
  • 22 Morphological Variation of l-Verbs in Korean
    Hye-Won Choi
  • 23 Maximum Entropy Models and Stochastic Optimality Theory
    Gerhard Jäger
  • 24 Constraint Subhierarchies as Syntactic Universals
    Hanjung Lee
  • 25 Stochastic OT as model of constraint interaction
    Elena Maslova
  • 26 Microvariation in LFG and OT
    Guido Seiler
  • Index

December 2007

ISBN (Paperback): 1575865602 (9781575865607)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575868628 (9781575868622)

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