This volume explores how linguistic theories inform the ways in which languages are described. Theories, as representations of linguistic categories, guide the field linguist to look for various phenomena without presupposing their necessary existence and provide the tools to account for various sets of data across different languages. A goal of linguistic description is to represent the full range of language structures for any given language. The chapters in this book cover various sub-disciplines of linguistics including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language acquisition, and anthropological linguistics, drawing upon theoretical approaches such as prosodic Phonology, Enhancement theory, Distributed Morphology, Minimalist syntax, Lexical Functional Grammar, and Kinship theory. The languages described in this book include Australian languages (Pama-Nyungan and non-Pama-Nyungan), Romance languages as well as English. This volume will be of interest to researchers in both descriptive and theoretical linguistics.
1. Map of Australian languages refferred to in this book; 2. List of contributors; 3. Editors' introduction (by Pensalfini, Rob); 4. Bibliography of Mary Laughren (by Turpin, Myfany); 5. Evaluating the Bilingual Education Program in Warlpiri schools (by Disbray, Samantha); 6. Part 1. Phonology; 7. Phonological aspects of Arandic baby talk (by Turpin, Myfany); 8. Prestopping of nasals and laterals is only partly parallel (by Round, Erich); 9. Part 2. Morphology; 10. Liminal pronoun systems: Evidence from Garrwa (by Mushin, Ilana); 11. Verbs as spatial deixis markers in Jingulu (by Pensalfini, Rob); 12. The reconstruction of inflectional classes in morphology: History, method and Pama-Nyungan (Australian) verbs (by Koch, Harold); 13. Part 3. Syntax; 14. Marking Definiteness or Specificity, not necessarily both: Evidence of a principle of economy from Mauritian Creole (by Guillemin, Diana); 15. Theory and experiment in parametric minimalism: The case of Romance negation (by Longobardi, Giuseppe); 16. Serial verbs in Wambaya (by Nordlinger, Rachel); 17. Nominals as adjuncts or arguments: Further evidence from language mixing (by Meakins, Felicity); 18. Part 4. Semantics; 19. The case of the invisible postman: The current status of the French future tense (by Wales, Lynn); 20. Manner and result: A view from clean (by Levin, Beth); 21. Part 5. Anthropological Linguistics; 22. Shifting relations: Structure and agency in the language of Bininj Gunwok kinship (by Garde, Murray); 23. Language index; 24. Subject index