This book explores the interaction of grammatical components in a wide variety of languages, and presents and exemplifies new experimental and analytic techniques for studying linguistic interfaces. Speaking a language requires access to the different aspects of its grammar - semantic, syntactic, phonological, pragmatic, morphological, and phonetic. Knowing how these interact is crucial to understanding the operations of any specific language and to the explanation of how language in general operates in the mind. The new research presented here combines theoretical and experimental perspectives on one of the most productive fields in contemporary linguistics. After the editors' introduction the volume is organized along four themes: the structural properties of sentences interfacing with meaning and the lexicon; internal word structure and its effect on the syntactic and phonological components; the syntax-phonology interface and its relation to the phonetics-phonology interface; and the implications of interfaces for language acquisition and language processing.
The book will interest theoretical linguists and all those in linguistics and cognitive science working on the mental operations of language.
Raffaella Folli is a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Ulster. Her research interests are theoretical and comparative syntax and language processing with special focus on the syntax-lexicon and syntax-semantics interfaces. She has published work in Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, TICS among others, as well as in many edited volumes. Christiane Ulbrich is a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Ulster. She has worked on segmental and prosodic characteristics in varieties of German. Her current research focuses on the contribution of segments and prosody in second language acquisition at the interface of phonetics and phonology. She is the author of Phonetische Untersuchungen zur Prosodie der Standardvarietaten des Deutschen (Phonetic investigation of prosody in standard varieties of German) (Peter Lang, 2005).
Section I: The Structural Properties of Sentences Interfacing with Meaning and the Lexicon ; 1. Cycle Interaction of Event Structure and A' Locality ; 2. Determiners and Movement ; 3. Post-verbal Nominatives: an Unaccusativity Diagnostic Under Scrutiny ; 4. Unaccusativity in Vietnamese and Structural Consequences of Inadvertent Causes ; 5. Building Resultatives in Icelandic ; 6. Categorization and the Interface Levels ; 7. Non-topical Wa-phrases in Japanese ; Section II: The Morphological Properties of Words Interfacing with Syntax and Phonology ; 8. Word-internal Modification Without the Syntax-Morphology Interface ; 9. Affixation and the Mirror Principle ; 10. Phases and Navajo Verbal Morphology ; 11. The Syntax and Prosody of Turkish "Pre-stressing" Suffixes ; Section III: Sound Interfacing with Structure ; 12. Restrictions on Subject Extraction: A PF Interface Account ; 13. An Experimental Approach to Intervension of Wh-phrases: Prosody and Syntax Interface ; 14. Acoustic, Articulatory, and Phonological Perspectives on Allophonic Variation of /r/ in Dutch ; 15. Second Occurrence Focus and the Acoustics of Prominence ; 16. Loan Adaptation of laryngeal Features ; Section IV: Experimental Work on Interface Issues ; 17. Scope Ambiguity in Child Language: Old And New Problems ; 18. Interaction of Syntax and Discourse Pragmatics in Closely Related Languages: How native Swedes, Native Germans, and Swedish-Speaking Learners of German Start Their Sentences ; 19. Processing (In)alienable Possessions at the Syntax-Semantics Interface ; 20. Picturing the Syntax/Semantics Interface: On-line Interpretation of Pronouns and Relfexives in Picture NPs