Linguistic Analysis

A research journal devoted to the publication of high quality articles in formal phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. In continuous publication since 1976. ISSN: 0098-9053

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A research journal dedicated to the publication of high quality articles in formal phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. In continuous publication since 1976.
ISSN: 0098-9053

Current Issue

Linguistic Analysis Volume 42 Issues 1 & 2, Special Issue on Complex Sentences in Chineses edited by Waltraud Paul and Victor Junnan Pan. The main goal of the special issue is to determine the precise hierarchy between main clause and adjunct clause in the different types of complex sentences. Such an investigation is necessary because the structure of complex sentences in Chinese has hardly been studied within the generative framework. This is surprising insofar as complex sentences serve as a crucial testing ground for binding theory in the wake of Huang (1982), in particular the binding construal possibilities for zìjǐ ‘self’ (cf. Huang/Li/Li 2009, ch. 9 for discussion and references). The wealth of studies on zìjǐ ‘self’ hardly ever addressed the question of the internal structure of complex sentences, but implicitly took for granted the identity between Chinese and English in this domain.

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Issues in Preparation

Functional Categories

edited by Anna Maria Di Sciullo .

Linguistic Analysis will next publish a special issue on Functional Categories. This special issue of will assemble current theoretical and experimental studies on functional categories. The papers will address the role of functional elements in syntactic derivations, their interpretation at the interfaces, their incidence in linguistic variation, their early comprehension by the child, and their impoverishment in language disorder. The papers will challenge the traditional divide between lexical and functional categories, and will offer new insights on the role of functional elements for both conceptual interpretation and externalization of linguistic expressions. Challenges to the parallelism between DP and CP will be addressed and dismissed. The hypothesis that syntactic heads are perhaps always functional is brought forward from an antisymmetric perspective. The properties of high functional categories, such as speaker-oriented evaluative heads, and their externalization at the sensorimotor interface will be shown to be relevant beyond narrow syntax. The role of functional features in cross-modular syntax-phonology approaches to language variation will be elaborated. Results from language acquisition and language disorder studies will point to the centrality of the extended functional structure in language change.

2018 Barcelona Workshop on Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology

This special issue brings together a selection of the papers presented at the 15th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology (WoSSP), held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, on June 28-29, 2018. The conference provided an opportunity for graduate students who wished to present their work in progress and to exchange ideas within different formal approaches to linguistic phenomena. The workshop promoted the establishment of bonds among this generation of young linguists, allowing them to receive valuable feedback from well-known linguists whose work has had a significant impact on different areas of generative grammar.

The collected contributions explore a wide-range of topics in semantics, syntax, and morphology. The authors touch on core issues related to Case, agreement, binding, clitics, and the left periphery. Ultimately, all the articles in this collection explore different natural languages, and together they constitute a path towards the improvement of our understanding of the faculty of language.