This is the second volume of papers on sign-based linguistics to emerge from Columbia School linguistics conferences. One set of articles offers semantic analyses of grammatical features of specific languages: English full-verb inversion; Serbo-Croatian deictic pronouns; English auxiliary do; Italian pronouns egli and lui; the Celtic-influenced use of on (e.g., "he played a trick on me"); a monosemic analysis of the English verb break. A second set deals with general theoretical issues: a solution to the problem that noun class markers (e.g. Swahili) pose for sign-based linguistics; the appropriateness of statistical tests of significance in text-based analysis; the word or the morpheme as the locus of paradigmatic inflectional change; the radical consequences of Saussure's anti-nomenclaturism for syntactic analysis; the future of "minimalist linguistics" in a maximalist world. A third set explains phonotactic patterning in terms of ease of articulation: aspirated and unaspirated stop consonants in Urdu; initial consonant clusters in more than two dozen languages.
An introduction highlights the theoretical and analytical points of each article and their relation to the Columbia School framework. The collection is relevant to cognitive semanticists and functionalists as well as those working in the sign-based Jakobsonian and Guillaumist frameworks.
1. List of contributors; 2. Introduction; 3. Part I. Theoretical and Methodological Issues; 4. (What) do noun class markers mean? (by Contini-Morava, Ellen); 5. Rethinking the Place of Statistics in Columbia School Analysis (by Davis, Joseph); 6. The Linguistic Sign in its Paradigmatic Context: Autonomy Revisited (by Elson, Mark J.); 7. Part II. Sign-Based Linguistic Analyses; 8. A Surpassingly Simple Analysis (by Davis, Joseph); 9. Serbo-Croatian Deixis: Balancing Attention with Difficulty in Processing (by Gorup, Radmila J.); 10. Do - One Sign, One Meaning? (by Hirtle, Walter); 11. Data, Comprehensiveness, Monosemy (by Ruhl, Charles); 12. Phonology As Human Behavior: Initial Consonant Clusters Across Languages (by Tobin, Yishai); 13. Celtic Sense in Saxon Garb (by Wherrity, Michael P.); 14. Problems of Aspiration in Modern Standard Urdu (by Azim, Abdul); 15. Part III. Columbia School in the Context of 20th Century Linguistics; 16. Cognitive and Semiotic Modes of Explanation in Functional Grammar (by Huffman, Alan); 17. The Future of a Minimalist Linguistics in a Maximalist World (by Kirsner, Robert S.); 18. Saussurean Anti-Nomenclaturism in Grammatical Analysis: A Comparative Theoretical Perspective (by Otheguy, Ricardo); 19. Index of Names; 20. Index of Subjects