Linguistic Theory and South Asian Languages

Essays in honour of K. A. Jayaseelan

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| University of Konstanz
| University of Delhi
| Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad
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The South Asian languages, mainly Indo-Aryan and Dravidian, have become a focus of interest in the formal study of language as a natural consequence of the research program of the Principle and Parameters approach and an enforced interest in exploring the parametrical space of human language. The contributions to the present volume combine theoretical reasoning in syntax and phonology with a comparative research agenda in which South Asian languages figure prominently. The topics range from issues of clause structure, serial verb constructions, cleft- and question formation, to the question of what the proper syntactic format of modification should be, issues of binding theory and raising, and issues of complementation, the clausal periphery and clausal typing. The collection of articles concludes with two chapters on Dravidian and comparative phonology and a chapter on the shaping of phonological awareness by different writing systems. The authors and the editors devote this piece of work to Professor K.A. Jayaseelan, one of present-day India’s most influential linguists.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 102]  2007.  x, 282 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
Josef Bayer, Tanmoy Bhattacharya and M.T. Hany Babu
1–11
Clause Structure
13
What is ‘Argument Sharing’?: A Case Study on Argument Sharing under VP-Serialization in Oriya
Dorothee Beermann, Kalyanamalini Sahoo and Lars Hellan
15–28
Pseudoclefts: a Fully Derivational Account
Cedric Boeckx
29–40
The Cleft Question and the Question of Cleft
P. Madhavan
41–51
Clausal Pied-piping and Subjacency
K. Srikumar
53–69
Modification in DP
71
On the Syntax of Quantity in English
Richard S. Kayne
73–105
Binding
107
Coreference Violations ‘Beyond Principle B’
Jacqueline Guéron
109–125
Perspectives on Binding
Eric J. Reuland
127–142
Raising from a Tensed Clause and Linguistic Theory: Evidence from Maithili
Yogendra P. Yadava
143–159
Complementizers and Complementation
161
The Ubiquitous Complementizer
Probal Dasgupta
163–173
Word Order, Parameters, and the Extended COMP Projection
Alice Davison
175–198
The Particle ne in Direct yes-no Questions
Madhumita Barbora
199–214
Phonology
215
Underspecification and the Phonology of *NC̥-Effects in Malayalam
Shyamal Das
217–236
The Disyllabic Word Minimum: Variations on a Theme in Bangla, Punjabi and Tamil
K.G. Vijayakrishnan
237–247
Writing Systems and Phonological Awareness
Pingali Sailaja
249–265
List of contributors
267–270
Bibliography of K.A. Jayaseelan
271–274
Index of names
275–277
Index of languages
279–280
Index of topics
281–282
“This volume focuses on various phenomena of current theoretical relevance and attempts to provide solutions supported by valid arguments and rich empirical data. Many of the papers are the result of collaboration and discussion over many years on topics of theoretical interest raised by South Asian languages. It also includes general papers which advance our understanding of central theoretical questions of language. It will be of great interest to theoretical linguists and typologists interested in a wide range of data in general and data from South Asian languages in particular. This is a welcome addition.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007005103