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Functionalism and formalism in linguistics

  title={Functionalism and formalism in linguistics},
  author={Michael Darnell},
1. Introduction: Syntax, Morphology, and Morphological Alternation (by Moravcsik, Edith A.) 2. Part I: Syntax, Morphology, and Morphological Alternation 3. Mapping So-called "Pragmatic" Phenomena According to a "Linguistic-Extralinguistic" Distinction: The case of propositions marked "accessible" (by Ariel, Mira) 4. Lexis, Grammar, and Grammatical Change: The Koyukon classifier prefixes (by Axelrod, Melissa) 5. The Limits of Formal Analysis: Pragmatic motivation in Oromo grammar (by Clamons… Expand
Reconstructing grammar : comparative linguistics and grammaticalization
1. Preface 2. Areal typology and grammaticalization: The emergence of new verbal morphology in an obsolescent language (by Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y.) 3. Florescence as a Force in GrammaticalizationExpand
This chapter gathers relevant research from synchronic and diachronic research on grammar, from cognitive psychology and cognitive modeling, and from computational linguistics to give a cross-disciplinary view of why usage is so central in the mental processes and representations of human language. Expand
The emergence of complexity in prosody and syntax.
It is found that younger signers produce prosodic cues to dependency between semantically related constituents, e.g., the two clauses of conditionals, revealing a type and degree of complexity in their language that is not frequent in that of the older pair. Expand
The syntax of Welsh “direct object mutation” revisited
It is argued that the trigger for mutation proposed by Ian Roberts is unworkable, and that the Case hypothesis is both too weak and also too strong. Expand
Markedness in phonology and in syntax: the problem of grounding
It is argued that most markedness constraints may in fact emerge in the course of linguistic development through the child's monitoring of her own performance, and that infants require knowledge of markedness during language acquisition in order to transcend the limitations of inductive generalization. Expand
Lexicalization and Language Change
Lexicalization, a process of language change, has been conceptualized in a variety of ways. Broadly defined as the adoption of concepts into the lexicon, it has been viewed by syntacticians as theExpand
Cognitive Adequacy in Structural-Functional Theories of Language.
Abstract This paper discusses the role played by cognition in three linguistic theories which may be labelled as ‘structural-functional’: Functional (Discourse) Grammar, Role and Reference GrammarExpand
PP extraction and extraposition in Functional Discourse Grammar
The idea that attributive prepositional phrases are really independent clause-level modifiers goes counter to what is generally assumed in most syntactic frameworks, but it can be shown that the arguments that are traditionally given in favour of shared constituency do not adequately distinguish between syntactic, semantic and pragmatic association between language units. Expand
Optional ergative case marking systems in a typological-semiotic perspective
Abstract The term optional case marking (OCM) refers to the situation in which, in specifiable grammatical environments, a case marking morpheme may be either present or absent from an NP withoutExpand
Optimality theory and phonological acquisition
The past ten years have shown an ever-increasing revival of interest in phonological acquisition. The introduction of Optimality Theory (OT; Prince & Smolensky 1993) has played a major role in thisExpand