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Reality Exploration and Discovery

Pattern Interaction in Language and Life

Linda Ann Uyechi and Lian-Hee Wee

The twenty-five papers presented here examine the interactions between linguistic structure and sound patterns across a diverse set of languages. The integrating theme of this volume is the influence of K. P. Mohanan's philosophy of inquiry, derived not only from his rich body of work but also from the fresh perspectives and intellectual vitality that he has shared with colleagues and students in a career spanning over three decades.

Linda Ann Uyechi is a lecturer in the Department of Music at Stanford University. Lian-Hee Wee is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the Hong Kong Baptist University.


  • Contributors ix
  • Intellectual Restlessness: Inquiry and Analysis xiii
    Lian-Hee Wee And Linda Uyechi
  • I Realities and Life

    • 1 "He Who Can, Does" - and Teaches, and Teaches Teachers 3
      Tony T. N. Hung
    • 2 Educating a Linguist 9
      Jean Ann
    • 3 A Prolegomenon to Linguistology 19
      Malavika Tara Mohanan

    II Exploration of Interaction in Sound Patterns

    • 4 Persistent Substratum Contrasts 25
      Bao Zhiming
    • 5 Repetition in Linguistic Change: Tone in Kwa Languages of Cote d'Ivoire 35
      William R. Leben And Firmin Ahoua
    • 6 Syllables, Vowel Length and the Spread of Suprasegmentals 47
      Mark Donohue
    • 7 Kikuyu ConsonantMutation (Long Peng) 59
    • 8 Vowel Harmony in Kimaragang as a Lexical Rule 75
      Paul R. Kroeger
    • 9 Exploring the Dilemma of the Split-L Geminate Pattern in Hong Kong English 89
      Lian-Hee Wee
    • 10 Optimality Theory as a Probabilistic Model 105
      John C. Paolillo
    • 11 Reduplication in Stratal OT 125
      Paul Kiparsky
    • 12 The Emergence of Optimality Theory 143
      K.P. Mohanan, D. Archangeli, D. Pulleyblank

    III Exploration of Interaction in Structural Patterns

    • 13 The Gradience of the Dative Alternation 161
      Joan Bresnan and Tatiana Nikitina
    • 14 A Comparison of the English and Korean Double Object 185
      Eunjeong Oh And Maria Luisa Zubizarreta
    • 15 Headless Relative Clauses and WH-Questions in Singapore Malay 201
      Norhaida Aman, Peter Cole And Gabriella Hermon
    • 16 Raising in a Unified Theory of Structure-Sharing in LFG 213
      Alex Alsina
    • 17 Complex Predication: How Did the Child Pinch the Elephant? 231
      Miriam Butt, Tracy Holloway King, Gillian Ramchand
    • 18 Constraints on Operator Binding in Malayalam 257
      Mary Dalrymple
    • 19 Evidence for the Linearization-Based Theory of Long-Distance Scrambling in Japanese 271
      Shûichi Yatabe
    • 20 Aspects of the Semantics of Logophoricity: Comparison of Malayalam with Yoruba and Japanese 287
      Yo Matsumoto
    • 21 Unpredicated Particles 303
      Beth Levin And Peter Sells
    • 22 The Discourse Mode of Mandarin Verbal -le Sentences 325
      Shiao Wei Tham
    • 23 Variation and Ambiguity 345
      Vivienne Fong And Arto Anttila
    • 24 Now We See It, Now We Don't: Agreement Puzzles in ASL 359
      Carol Neidle
    • 25 Prioritizing Constraint Sets in the Grammar of Carnatic Music 375
      K.G. Vijayakrishnan

    IV Bibliography of K.P. Mohanan's Work (1981-2009)

    • 26 Works by K.P. Mohanan 395
    • 27 Co-Authored Works by K.P.Mohanan 401
  • Index 405

April 2010

ISBN (Paperback): 9781575865881
ISBN (Cloth): 9781575865898
ISBN (Electronic): 9781575868585

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