Questioning Theoretical Primitives in Linguistic Inquiry

Papers in honor of Ricardo Otheguy

| University of New Mexico
| Boston University
ISBN 9789027201676 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027263346 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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 Shin
Categories of grammar and categories of speech: When the quest for symmetry meets inherent variability
Shana Poplack
Variable grammars: Competence as a statistical abstraction from performance. Constructing theories from data
Gregory R. Guy
Discovering structure: Person and accessibility
Catherine E. Travis and Rena Torres Cacoullos
The justification of grammatical categories
Wallis Reid
Spooky grammatical effects
Joseph Davis
Ditransitives and the English System of Degree of Control: A Columbia School analysis
Nancy Stern
LatinUs* and linguistics: Complaints, conflicts, and contradictions – The anthro-political linguistics solution
Ana Celia Zentella
Reviving the unicorn: Linguistic reconsiderations for the existence of Spanglish
Rachel Varra
Bilingual acquisition: Difference or incompleteness?
Carmen Silva-Corvalán
An incomplete disquisition against ‘incomplete acquisition’: With particular reference to changes in the distribution of the subjunctive in Spanish
Marcel den Dikken
Appendix: Letter from Ricardo Otheguy to Shana Poplack
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
ONIX Metadata
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ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018037084 | Marc record