New linguistic books on verb

New linguistic books on verb

Postby Eeli Kaikkonen » March 31st, 2012, 7:17 am

Browsing through OUP linguistics catalogue is interesting, even though I don't know too much about linguistics and don't have time or competence to read as much as I would like to. Here are some examples from "Coming Soon" category. These may be of interest to those who are involved in theoretical understanding of verbs, especially the ongoing aspect wars. The first one looks like a book you can't ignore if you want to say something substantial about aspect. It would be nice to hear opinions.

The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect
Edited by Robert I. Binnick
Description
Tense and aspect are means by which language refers to time-how an event takes place in the past, present, or future. They play a key role in understanding the grammar and structure of all languages, and interest in them reaches across linguistics. The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect is a comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible guide to the topics and theories that currently form the front line of research into tense, aspect, and related areas. The volume contains 36 chapters, divided into 6 sections, written by internationally known experts in theoretical linguistics.
Features
  • Maps the state of the art in the field of tense and aspect
  • The first Handbook dedicated to a key topic in grammar and language structure
  • Draws on the expertise of world-class scholars from a diverse range of theoretical perspectives

Table of Contents
Preface
List of symbols and abbreviations
About the authors
Introduction
Robert I. Binnick
Part I. Contexts
1. Philosophy of Language, Peter Ludlow
2. Narratology and Literary Linguistics, Monika Fludernik
3. Computational Linguistics, Mark Steedman

Part II. Perspectives
4. Universals and Typology, J. P. Descles and Zlatka Guentcheva
5. Morphology, Ashwini Deo
6. Syntax, Tim Stowell
7. Markedness, Edna Andrews
8. Adverbials, Monika Rathert
9. Pragmatics, Patrick Caudal
10. Discourse and Text, Janice Carruthers
11.Translation, Diana Santos
12. Diachrony and Grammaticalization, Steve Nicolle
13. Language Contact, Victor Friedman
14. Creole Languages, Donald Winford
15. Primary Language Acquisition, Laura Wagner
16. Second Language Acquisition, Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig

Part III. Tense
17. Tense, John Hewson
18. Remoteness Distinctions, Robert Botne
19. Compositionality, Henk Verkuyl
20. The Surcompose Past Tense, Louis De Saussure and Bertrand Sthioul
21. Bound Tenses, Galia Hatav
22. Embedded Tenses, Toshiyuki Ogihara and Yael Sharvit
23. Tenselessness, Jo-Wang Lin
24. Nominal Tense, Jacqueline Lecarme

Part IV. Aspect
25. Lexical Aspect, Hana Filip
26. Verbal Aspect, Henriette De Swart
27. Perfective and Imperfective Aspect, Jadranka Gvozdanoviae
28. Progressive and Continuous Aspect, Christian Mair
29. Habitual and Generic Aspect, Greg Carlson
30. Verbal Pluractionality and Gnomic Imperfectivity, Pier Marco Bertinetto and Alessandro Lenci
31. Perfect Tense and Aspect, Marie-Eve Ritz
32. Resultative Constructions, John Beavers

Part V. Aspect and Diathesis
33. Voice, Mila Vulchanova
34. Case, Kylie Richardson

Part VI. Modality
35. Tense in Modal Utterances, Ilse Depraetere
36. Evidentiality and Mirativity, Ferdinand De Haan


Telicity, Change, and State - A Cross-Categorial View of Event Structure
Edited by Violeta Demonte and Louise McNally
Description
This volume presents new work by leading researchers on central themes in the study of event structure: the nature and representation of telicity, change, and the notion of state. The book advances our understanding of these aspects of event structure by combining foundational semantic research with a series of case studies from a variety of languages.
The book begins with an overview of the theoretical issues central to the volume, along with a brief presentation of the remaining chapters and the points of contact between them. The chapters, developed within several different theoretical perspectives, promote cross-theory as well as cross-linguistic comparison.

The work will interest scholars and advanced students of morphology, syntax, semantics, and their interfaces. It will also appeal to researchers in philosophy, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition who are interested in the notions of telicity, change, and stativity.

Features
  • Draws together cutting-edge research
  • Combines general theoretical contributions with case studies
  • Considers data from English, Slavic, Korean, Spanish, ASL and other sign languages, and German

Table of Contents

1. Introduction , Violeta Demonte and Louise McNally
Part I: Foundational Aspects of Event Structure: Telicity, change, and state
2. Lexical Aspect and Multiple Incremental Themes , John Beavers
3. Another Look at Accomplishments and Incrementality , Susan Rothstein
4. The Composition of Incremental Change , Christopher Kennedy
5. Telicity Expression in the Visual Modality , Evie Malaia and Ronnie Wilbur
Part II: Event Structure in a Cross-categorial Perspective
6. The Monotonicity Hypothesis , Andrew Koontz-Garboden
7. From Psych Verbs to Nouns , Antonio Fabregas, Rafael Marin, and Louise McNally
8. Passive States , Berit Gehrke
9. The Syntax and Semantics of Inchoatives as Directed Motion: the case of Korean , Dongsik Lim and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta
10. Conflation and Incorporation Processes in Resultative Constructions , Jaume Mateu
11. Parameter Theory and Motion Predicates , William Snyder
12. Building Involuntary States in Slavic , Maria Luisa Rivero and Ana Arregui


Verbs - Aspect and Causal Structure
William Croft
Description
This book presents a model of event structure for the analysis of aspectual constructions and argument structure constructions in English and other languages. Representing the culmination of two decades of the author's research and thought, it explores the contribution of semantics to the argument-structure and tense-aspect constructions in which verbs occur, integrating the aspectual and causal structures of events. The argument is framed in relation to current and previous scholarship and takes full account of diachronic and usage-based research. Professor Croft's analysis encompasses the full range of English verb classes and is enriched throughout by a strong typological dimension: the syntax and semantics of verbs are always seen from a crosslinguistic perspective. This allows the author to demonstrate the generality of his theory and to show how it breaks new ground in predicting and explaining linguistic facts.

The subject of the book is at the heart of current work in syntax and semantics and the interface between them. It will interest semanticists, syntacticians and cognitive and functional-typological linguists. The transparency of the author's style and his avoidance of theory-dependent constructs will extend its appeal to linguists of all theoretical stripes.

Features
  • Presents an original model of event structure
  • Signifies a major advance in understanding the semantics of constructions
  • Analyses a wide range of English and crosslinguistic data
  • Clearly written for linguists, philosophers, and other cognitive scientists
  • The outcome of twenty years of research by one of the world's most prominent linguists
Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. The Aspectual Structure of Events
3. Change, Boundedness, and Construal
4. The Interaction of Grammatical and lexical Semantics: Quantitative and qualitative analyses
5. Toward a Force-dynamic Theory of Argument Realization
6. Causal Structure in Verbal Semantics and Argument Realization
7. The Interaction of Aspect and Causal Structure in Verb Meaning
8. Complex Predicate Constructions and the Semantics of Simple Verbs
9. Verb meaning and Argument Structure Constructions
10. Envoi
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