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  • Special Collection

    Motivating Form in Morpho-syntax

    If morphology is syntactic, morpho-phonology must also be syntactic: morpho-phonological effects must follow from the interaction of phonological regularities and morpho-syntactic structures. The papers in this volume explore how exactly phonological form reflects syntactic structure, and present new ways to conceptualize and formalize inter-modular relations.

    Guest Editor: Noam Faust

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    Quantifier Scope

    This collection of papers aims at determining the nature and derivation of quantifier scope (QS), and specifically, (i) the locus of interpretation of quantificational dependencies; (ii) the differences between child and adult grammar with respect to scope interpretation; (iii) whether configurational approaches of multi-factor approaches to QS have a bigger explanatory power; (iv) whether scopal heads are independent lexical items generating specific quantificational projections or whether they are "projections" of features inherent in the nominal.

    Guest Editors: Urtzi Etxeberria & Aritz Irurtzun

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    Acquisition of Quantification

    Quantification is everywhere in grammar, from syntax to pragmatics. Its acquisition has surprises: from ‘spreading’ (every applies both to dog and bone in Every dog has a bone) to implicature failure (some = not all) and distributivity (all vs. each). This volume offers fresh methodological and theoretical angles on the acquisition path for quantification, based on evidence from various languages

    Guest Editor: Magda Oiry

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    Probabilistic grammars: Syntactic variation in a comparative perspective

    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.

    Guest editors: Jason Grafmiller, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Melanie Röthlisberger, Benedikt Heller

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    Prosody and constituent structure

    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

  • Special Collection

    Suspended Affixation

    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.

    Guest editors: Kunio Nishiyama & James Yoon

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    Marginal Contrasts

    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

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    Perspective Taking

    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

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    Partitives

    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

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    Internally-Headed Relative Clauses

    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

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    What drives syntactic computation?

    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

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    Palatalization

    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