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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.
Linguistic Analysis Volume 41 Issues 3 & 4, Special Issue on Parameters edited by Simin Karimi and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini. What do we know about language acquisition? Our best guess is a schema based on Principles-and-parameters. Differences between languages are discrete, not continuous. There is a limited number of points of variation and, on each one of these, differences reduce only to the choice of a binary option (+ or –). A further idealization is that one single signature sentence (a trigger) (Gibson and Wexler, 1994) suffices to reveal which value (+/–) the local language has chosen. By being exposed to that sentence, the child instantly acquires the value of that parameter.
Issues in Preparation
edited by Victor Junnan Pan and Waltraud Paul.
Linguistic Analysis invites contributions for a special issue, edited by Victor Junnan Pan and Waltraud Paul, that will focus on the syntax of complex sentences in Chinese. 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 served 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.
For this special issue, we welcome original full-length article submissions couched in any formal framework that provide solid evidence for the analysis they propose (for a full description of the special issue providing a list of research questions, please go to: http://crlao.ehess.fr/index.php?177). Submitted articles will undergo rigorous peer review. Abstracts of 2 pages, including examples and references, should be submitted for consideration by May 1, 2016 as PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Authors of abstracts selected for inclusion (pending subsequent peer review) will be notified by June 1, 2016. Complete papers ready for review should be sent to the editors before October 3, 2016. Decisions and peer reviews will be sent to the authors no later than December 31, 2016, with expected publication of the special issue by mid 2017.
Linguistic Analysis is also preparing a special issue on Functional Categories.