This special issue brings together current work situated at the crossroads of research on usage-based theoretical linguistics, variationist linguistics, and cognitive sociolinguistics to explore the scope and limits of grammatical variation among and within language users from a comparative, probabilistic perspective.
The syntax-prosody interface is a complex area of study, drawing on insights from phonetics, phonology, syntax, and information structure. The papers in this collection examine the relationship between prosodic and syntactic constituency through the lens of a diverse range of languages, including Bàsàá, Blackfoot, Gela, Hungarian, Samoan, Serbian, and Tagalog.
Guest Editors: Lauren Clemens & Emily Elfner
Suspended Affixation (SA) refers to a property of coordination found primarily in head-final and agglutinative languages: the right-peripheral affix on the second conjunct also has scope over the first conjunct. The phenomenon has particular relevance for a proper understanding of the interface between morphology, syntax, and phonology.
The Contrastivist Hypothesis states that phonology only operates on features required to express lexical contrasts. The existence of ‘marginal’ contrasts challenges the contrastivist approach. This collection seeks to clarify the relevant notion of ‘contrast’ and define the relationship between the Contrastivist Hypothesis and other factors shaping observable phonological patterns.
Guest Editors: Daniel Currie Hall & Pavel Iosad
Perspective taking is not only a central notion in human cognition, but also interacts with many linguistic expressions and structures. This special collection brings together theoretical and experimental approaches to perspective taking in language as well as contributions on the relation between the cognitive and the linguistic notion.
Guest Editors: Stefan Hinterwimmer & Petra B. Schumacher
Partitives are a family of constructions which make reference to a subpart of a previously mentioned set or entity. In this Special Collection, morphosyntactic and semantic aspects of partitives and their structural representation are explored in a wide variety of languages, including Dutch, French, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish.
Guest Editors: Michelangelo Falco & Roberto Zamparelli
Internally-headed relative clauses are attested in various languages in different language families and pose important challenges for the theory of the syntax-semantics interface. This Special Collection consists of papers that address various issues from a diverse range of languages and advances our understanding of universals and variations in internally-headed relative clauses.
Guest Editor: Ken Hiraiwa
This Special Collection explores the question to what extent formal features (FFs) can be replaced with more principled explanations and where, if at all, they may be indispensable. The Collection is based on the workshop “What drives syntactic computation? Alternatives to formal features,” held as part of the March 2015 Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society at the University of Leipzig.
Guest Editors: Dennis Ott & Radek Šimík
Palatalization is widely attested in the world’s languages and varies immensely in its phonological and morphological conditions and its phonetic implementation. This special collection presents a selection of papers investigating palatalization patterns in a range of languages from various methodological and theoretic vantage points to shed new light on the issue.
Guest Editors: Martin Krämer & Olga Urek