Michael Fortescue

List of John Benjamins publications for which Michael Fortescue plays a role.


Space, Time, World

Michael Fortescue

[Human Cognitive Processing, 77] 2024. viii, 223 pp
Subjects Anthropological Linguistics | Cognition and language | Cognitive linguistics | Semantics | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Cognition and language | Consciousness research | Psycholinguistics
Subjects Historical linguistics
Subjects Cognition and language | Cognitive psychology | Philosophy | Pragmatics

Content, Expression and Structure: Studies in Danish functional grammar

Edited by Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, Michael Fortescue, Peter Harder, Lars Heltoft and Lisbeth Falster Jakobsen

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 29] 1996. xvi, 510 pp.
Subjects Functional linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Typology
Subjects Functional linguistics | Pragmatics | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics


Fortescue, Michael 2018 Chapter 7. Drinking of the iceberg: Thirty years of fieldwork on Arctic languagesWord Hunters: Field linguists on fieldwork, Sarvasy, Hannah and Diana Forker (eds.), pp. 95–105
The Eskimo-Uralic hypothesis of a genetic link between Eskimo-Aleut and the Uralic languages is now reaching its second centenary. Two major problems with its advancement since Bergsland’s (1959) summary of its status are addressed in this article. The first of these is the lack of an obvious… read more | Article
Fortescue, Michael 2013 Polysynthesis in the Arctic/Sub-Arctic: How recent is it?Language Typology and Historical Contingency: In honor of Johanna Nichols, Bickel, Balthasar, Lenore A. Grenoble, David A. Peterson and Alan Timberlake (eds.), pp. 241–264
This paper presents a diagnostic for distinguishing older from newer forms of polysynthesis. Explanations for the global “cline” of polysynthesis from northern Asia into northwestern America are examined in this light. This leads to addressing the questions as to the “robustness” of polysynthesis… read more | Article
The issue of compositionality is applied to the modelling of the mental lexicon in terms of neural networks as described in Fortescue (2009). The approach is illustrated by applying it to the analysis of a semantically complex verb, conquer, illustrating the need to draw upon top-down (social,… read more | Article
Fortescue, Michael 2009 Analytic vs. synthetic verbal constructions in Chukchi and West GreenlandicVariations on Polysynthesis: The Eskaleut languages, Mahieu, Marc-Antoine and Nicole Tersis (eds.), pp. 35–49
In both Chukchi and West Greenlandic, there are certain circumstances where a choice exists between an analytic and a corresponding synthetic construction. These cases are more widespread and systematic in Chukchi, where it is a matter of the presence or absence of an auxiliary verb, although the… read more | Chapter
Fortescue, Michael 2007 The non-linearity of speech productionStructural-Functional Studies in English Grammar: In honour of Lachlan Mackenzie, Hannay, Mike and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), pp. 337–351
The traditional linear conception of speech production shared by the majority of formalists and functionalists alike envisages a step-by-step succession of stages on the way from conceptual intention to speech chain product. However, the alternative conception of parallel distributed processing has… read more | Article
Fortescue, Michael 2007 19. Reciprocals in West Greenlandic EskimoReciprocal Constructions, Nedjalkov, Vladimir P. (ed.), pp. 813–842
Fortescue, Michael 2006 The non-linear nature of diachronic changeCompeting Models of Linguistic Change: Evolution and beyond, Nedergaard Thomsen, Ole (ed.), pp. 17–31
Fortescue, Michael and J. Lachlan Mackenzie 2004 An acquisitional approach to disharmonic word-order/affixation pairingsAnnual Review of Cognitive Linguistics: Volume 2, Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José (ed.), pp. 31–71
Various proposals have been put forward to explain the typological skewing produced by the universal preference for suffixing as opposed to prefixing. These proposals have focused either on processing or on diachronic explanations (or a combination of both). In the present paper it is argued that a… read more | Article
Fortescue, Michael 2003 13. Evidentiality in West Greenlandic: A case of scattered codingStudies in Evidentiality, Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. and R.M.W. Dixon (eds.), pp. 291–306
It has generally been assumed in the literature on ergativity that the phenomenon of ergative clause structure in Chukotkan languages represents a family-internal development reflecting the common source of such constructions in earlier passives. On closer inspection it appears that Chukotkan… read more | Article
Fortescue, Michael 1996 Grammaticalized focus in Yukagir: Is it really grammaticalized and is it really focus?Content, Expression and Structure: Studies in Danish functional grammar, Engberg-Pedersen, Elisabeth, Michael Fortescue, Peter Harder, Lars Heltoft and Lisbeth Falster Jakobsen (eds.), pp. 17 ff.