Questioning Theoretical Primitives in Linguistic Inquiry

Papers in honor of Ricardo Otheguy

Editors
| University of New Mexico
| Boston University
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Across the world, professional linguistic inquiry is in full bloom, largely as result of pioneering thinkers who helped rapidly modernize the study of human language in the last century. As the field continues to move forward, further solidifying its position as a conduit of insight into the human condition, it is essential to take stock of the theoretical primitives that have given linguistics its intellectual foundation. This volume does precisely that, inspecting the load-bearing components of the edifice upon which contemporary linguistics has been constructed. The volume’s authors – whose expertise spans the Generativist, Functionalist, and Variationist research traditions – remind us of the need to revisit the conceptual bedrock of the field, clarifying and assessing our primary theoretical moves, including those relating to such elemental components as the ‘linguistic sign’, ‘a language’, ‘structural relations’, ‘grammatical category’, ‘acquisition’, ‘bilingual’, ‘competence’, and ‘sociolinguistic variable’.
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Table of Contents
First principles in linguistic inquiry
Daniel Erker and Naomi Lapidus Shin
1–6
Categories of grammar and categories of speech: When the quest for symmetry meets inherent variability
Shana Poplack
7–34
Variable grammars: Competence as a statistical abstraction from performance. Constructing theories from data
Gregory R. Guy
45–66
Discovering structure: Person and accessibility
Catherine E. Travis and Rena Torres Cacoullos
67–90
The justification of grammatical categories
Wallis Reid
91–132
Spooky grammatical effects
Joseph Davis
133–156
Ditransitives and the English System of Degree of Control: A Columbia School analysis
Nancy Stern
157–188
LatinUs* and linguistics: Complaints, conflicts, and contradictions – The anthro-political linguistics solution
Ana Celia Zentella
189–207
Reviving the unicorn: Linguistic reconsiderations for the existence of Spanglish
Rachel Varra
209–244
Bilingual acquisition: Difference or incompleteness?
Carmen Silva-Corvalán
245–268
An incomplete disquisition against ‘incomplete acquisition’: With particular reference to changes in the distribution of the subjunctive in Spanish
Marcel den Dikken
269–290
Index
Appendix: Letter from Ricardo Otheguy to Shana Poplack
35–43
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018037084