John M. Anderson: The Substance of Language: Three-volume pack

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byJohn M. Anderson

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The Substance of LanguageVolume I: The Domain of SyntaxVolume II: Morphology, Paradigms, and PeriphrasesVolume III: Phonology-Syntax AnalogiesJohn M. AndersonThe three volumes of The Substance of Language collectively overhaul linguistic theory from phonology to semantics and syntax to pragmatics and offer a full account of how the form/function relationship works in language. Each explores the consequences for the investigation of language of aconviction that all aspects of linguistic structure are grounded in the non-linguistic mental faculties on which language imposes its own structure. The first and third look at how syntax and phonology are fed by a lexical component that includes morphology and which unites representations in thetwo planes. The second examines the way morphology is embedded in the lexicon as part of the expression of the lexicon-internal relationships of words. The Domain of Syntax explores the consequences for syntax of assuming that language is grounded in cognition and perception. It shows that syntax is characterized by a set of categories based on distinctions in what the categories are perceived to represent. The first part of the book traces thetwentieth-century development of anti-notionalism, culminating in the assumption that syntax is autonomous. The author then looks at syntactic phenomena, many involving the fundamental notion of finiteness. He considers whether the appeal to grounding permits a lexicalist approach that would allowsyntax to dispense not only with structural mutations such as category-change and 'empty categories' but with universal grammar itself.Morphology , Paradigms, and Periphrases is concerned with the role of the lexicon, in particular its inflectional morphology, in mediating between the substantively different categories of syntax and phonology. In the first part of the book Professor Anderson looks at the central role of theparadigm in reconciling the demands of syntactic categorization with the available means of expression. He examines the expressive role of inflection, illustrating his argument with Old English verb morphology. In the second part of the book the author pursues the notion of grammatical periphrasis.He starts out from its role as a solver of the problem of defective or incomplete paradigms and then compares it with other analytic expressions. He concludes with a discussion of why studies of grammatical periphrasis have focused on verbal constructions. He looks at the mechanism by whichgrammatical periphrases compensate for gaps in the finite verb paradigm and what this reveals about the substantive differences between verbs and nouns.Phonology-Syntax Analogies looks at the substantive and structural analogies betwem phonology and syntax and the factors that cause such analogies to break down. It considers the degree to which analogies between syntax and phonology result from their both being representational subsystems withinthe overall system of language. At the same time it examines how far semantic and phonetic properties limit such analogies. The book presents a powerful argument against the notion of an ungrounded autonomous syntax, which it sustains and supports by detailed grammatical analyses and a powerfullycoherent conceptual understanding of the nature of language.The many detailed proposals of John Anderson's fine trilogy are derived from an over-arching conception of the nature of linguistic knowledge that is in turn based on the grounding of syntax in semantics and the grounding of phonology in phonetics, both convincingly subsumed under the notion ofcognitive salience. The Substance of Language is a major contribution to linguistic theory and the history of linguistic thought.

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The Substance of LanguageVolume I: The Domain of SyntaxVolume II: Morphology, Paradigms, and PeriphrasesVolume III: Phonology-Syntax AnalogiesJohn M. AndersonThe three volumes of The Substance of Language collectively overhaul linguistic theory from phonology to semantics and syntax to pragmatics and offer a full account of how the f...

John M. Anderson is Emeritus Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Denmark, Poland, Greece, and Spain. His books include The Grammar of Case (CUP, 1971); Old English Phonology (with Roger Lass, CUP, 1975); Principles of Dependency Phonology (with Colin J. Ewen...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1232 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:November 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Volume IPart I: The Substance of Syntax1. The Retreat From Meaning2. The Groundness of Syntax3. Outline of a Notional GrammarPart II: What Is and Is Not Syntax4. Interrogatives5. Issues in Clause StructurePart III: A Notional Theory of Finiteness6. Finiteness and Mood7. Finiteness and Subordination8. Finiteness and the Verb9. Conclusion and InterfaceIndexVolume II1. InterfacePart I: Inflectional Structure, and its Consequences2. The Interfacing of Morphophonology and Morphosyntax3. The Periphrastic PrototypePart II: The Domain of Grammatical periphrasis4. Periphrases and Non-periphrases5. Number and Case as Non-nounal6. Non-verbal Periphrasis?7. ConclusionReferencesIndexVolume IIIPart I: Introduction1. Some Implications of Structural AnalogyPart II: Analogies2. Phonology and Dependency3. The Structure of the Basic Unit4. Syntax and Non-linearityPart III: Why Is Syntax Different5. Categorization6. Structure7. Analogy and Dis-analogy, and Secondary CategoriesGeneral EpilogueBibliography

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`This is a work of considerable erudition. That erudition takes several forms. Firstly, Anderson exhibits a mastery of a very long Western grammatical tradition, stretching back to the Ancient Greeks, spanning the medieval period and the modern period. Secondly, his acquaintance with a widerange of contemporary work in syntax, morphology, and phonology is deeply impressive. Thirdly, he has an impressive acquaintance with more than just contemporary English: he has an in-depth knowledge of the history of English, particularly Old English, and is familiar with the structure of a widevariety of languages. This aids him greatly in his attempt to construct a specific version of general (as opposed to Chomskian universal) grammar. He also exhibits a clear understanding of the conceptual assumptions underlying the frameworks he criticizes, and the details of the specific analysesadopted in those frameworks.' Philip Carr, Professor of Linguistics, Paul Valery University