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From Quirky Case to Representing Space
Papers in Honor of Annie Zaenen

edited by Tracy Holloway King and Valeria de Paiva

[picture of Annie Zaenen]
Annie Zaenen (2001)
(photo by Lauri Karttunen)

Annie Zaenen's broad influence on the field of linguistics ranges from details of lexical representation to the architecture of formal linguistic theories. The fifteen contributed papers in this volume reflect three major themes from her research: Mapping from arguments to syntax; Views on syntax; Semantics and beyond.


Mapping from Arguments to Syntax:
Lexical Mapping Theory, which governs the mapping from thematic roles to grammatical functions, is a cornerstone of Lexical Functional Grammar and has been a topic of active research for over twenty years. Annie's work has played a key role in both the evolution of Lexical Mapping Theory and in establishing the complexity of the data which must be accounted for.
  • Proto-Properties in a Comprehensive Theory of Argument Realization by Farrell Ackerman and John Moore
  • Do You Always Fear What Frightens You? by Beth Levin and Jason Grafmiller
  • Mismatched Spanish Unaccusativity Tests by Raúl Aranovich
  • Lexical Mapping Theory Revisited by One-Soon Her
  • Argument Structure of Quirky Algonquian Verbs by Amy Dahlstrom
Views on Syntax:
Annie's work on syntax covers a broad range of concerns from the fundamental role of syntax in the broader architecture of linguistic theory to the (non-)existence of traces and their role in word order constraints cross-linguistically.
  • A Tour of Grammar Formalisms by Anette Frank
  • “They whispered me the answer” in Australia and the US: A Comparative Experimental Study by Marilyn Ford and Joan Bresnan
  • Nothing Personal? A System-internal Syntactic Change in Icelandic by Joan Maling and Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir
  • Down with Obliques? by György Rákosi
  • Nested and Crossed Dependencies and the Existence of Traces by Mary Dalrymple and Tracy Holloway King
Semantics and Beyond:
Annie's early work on mapping between thematic role information and syntax grew into research on the semantic representation of verbs, their arguments, and the events which they comprise. This move resulted in fundamental research encompassing the lexicon, the syntax and then the semantics built upon the interaction of these key grammar components.
  • Representing Paths of Motion in VerbNet by Jena D. Hwang, Martha Palmer, and Annie Zaenen
  • You Will Be Lucky To Break Even by Lauri Karttunen
  • On Presenting Something in English and Hungarian by Tibor Laczkó
  • A Semantic Account of Contextual Valence Shifting by Livia Polanyi and Martin Henk van den Berg
  • Two Maps of Manhattan by Hinrich Schütze

The contributions reflect Annie's academic rigor and honesty, which have inspired all of us: Linguistic research must involve an unerring devotion to the details of the languages themselves and to the theories which account for the phenomena that those details reveal.


  • Farrell Ackerman: University of California, San Diego
  • Raúl Aranovich: University of California, Davis
  • Martin Henk van den Berg: Microsoft Corp.
  • Daniel Bobrow: PARC Inc.
  • Joan Bresnan: Stanford University and Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI)
  • Amy Dahlstrom: University of Chicago
  • Mary Dalrymple: University of Oxford
  • Marilyn Ford: Griffith University
  • Anette Frank: Universität Heidelberg
  • Jason Grafmiller: Stanford University
  • One-Soon Her: National Chengchi University
  • Jena D. Hwang: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ronald M Kaplan: Nuance Inc.
  • Lauri Karttunen: Stanford University
  • Tracy Holloway King: eBay Inc.
  • Tibor Laczkó: University of Debrecen
  • Beth Levin: Stanford University
  • Joan Maling: Brandeis University
  • John Moore: University of California, San Diego
  • Valeria de Paiva: Nuance
  • Martha Palmer: University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Livia Polanyi: Stanford University
  • György Rákosi: University of Debrecen
  • Hinrich Schütze: University of Munich
  • Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir: University of Iceland
  • Annie Zaenen: Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI)

This volume is being made available online for free for personal use or a hardcopy will be purchasable soon.

January 2013

ISBN (Paperback): 9781575866628
ISBN (electronic): 9781575866635

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