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  • Special Collection

    GLOWing Papers 2019

    Guest Editors:Gillian Ramchand & Jozina Vander Klok

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    New perspectives on the NP/ DP debate

    Does the DP-projection dominate the NP or does the latter dominate the determiner system? This simple question has not received a conclusive answer. The DP- vs. NP-debate remains unresolved, despite the decades-long success of the DP-hypothesis. This Special Collection brings to the fore novel conceptual and empirical arguments.

    Guest editors: Andreas Blümel & Anke Holler

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    Subject Extraction

    In many languages of the world, the extraction (e.g. questioning or relativization) of subjects behaves differently from that of non-subject arguments. The papers in this collection contribute to our understanding of the cross-linguistic landscape of subject extraction asymmetries, their theory, and implications.

    Guest Editor: Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine

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    Information structure and syntactic change

    Information Structure (IS) is claimed to impact word-order change. Solid empirical documentation on the relation between IS and word-order change is presented in this issue with reference to Germanic and Romance. The issue thus clarifies methodological and conceptual issues and articulates interface conditions between IS and syntactic change.

    Guest Editor: Pierre Larrivee

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    Experimental Approaches to Ellipsis

    This collection brings together theoretical results on various elliptical phenomena (VP Ellipsis, Sluicing, Gapping, RNR, Fragment answers) in various languages (French, English, Spanish, Saudi Arabic), with special emphasis on solid empirical data, specifically obtained through experimentation (acceptability and production experiments, in particular).

    Guest Editors: Anne Abeille, Philip Miller and Jeffrey T. Runner

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    GLOWing Papers 2018

    This conference was characterized by a large number of presentations on morphosyntax and allomorphy, and returned to previous GLOW traditions of a strong showing in phonology and morphophonology. The collection is a selection of particularly strong papers from that conference, expanded and further honed by the conference audience itself and the peer review process.

    Guest Editors: Veronika Hegedus & Gillian Ramchand

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    Formal Approaches to Dialectal Syntax

    This volume explores what the spatial distribution of grammatical properties in linguistic atlases (and related tools) can tell us about the way linguistic competence is organized in the mind of speakers--that is, about their I-languages.

    Guest Editors: Ricardo Etxepare & Ángel J. Gallego

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    Rhotics in Phonological Theory

    Rhotics display a wide array of phonetic variation, both across and within languages, and no consensus has been reached as to a single phonetic property which would define the class. This special collection explores, from a variety of theoretical viewpoints and languages, including typology, some of the characteristics of rhotics and whether the class of rhotics can be uniquely defined by its phonological properties, and the consequences such a definition has for the phonetics-phonology interface.

    Guest Editors: Adèle Jatteau and Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho

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    Resolving conflicts within and across modules

    These papers involve analytic challenges in terms of existing models of agreement, case, and their morphological realization, and offer new solutions from a rich panorama of empirical studies.

    Guest Editors: Andrew Nevins and Jana Willer-Gold

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    The Grammar of Dispositions

    Dispositions differ from other properties like color or shape, in that they are modal: the actual behavior of a vase does not determine its fragility, rather, a vase is fragile if and only if it is disposed to shutter when struck. This issue is a one-stop resource for researchers interested in the analysis of linguistic descriptions of dispositional properties.

    Guest Editors: Tillmann Pross, Fabienne Martin, Marcel Pitteroff

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    Unergative predicates. Architecture and variation

    This SC provides new approaches and analyses about different types of unergatives, as well as data from typologically unrelated languages. The papers included discuss the syntactic structure of unergative verbs, the nature of their subject, their semantics, several matters related to their typological variation, and also their processing effects.

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    Beyond descriptive and metalinguistic negation

    Although the distinction between descriptive and metalinguistic negation is well established, there is no general agreement on what triggers metalinguistic negation, how it is processed by the addressee, or what its scope is. The articles of this Special Collection offer a fine-grained analysis of metalinguistic negation at the syntax, semantics and pragmatics interfaces from both theoretical and experimental perspectives.

    Guest editors: Cristina Grisot & Joanna Blochowiak

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    Participles: Form, Use and Meaning

    This collection addresses the form, meaning and use of various kinds of participles (beyond past passive participles) in various kinds of constructions (also beyond passive and perfect), both from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective, to explore the question as to what the proper characterization of participles is in general.

    Guest Editors: Olga Borik and Berit Gehrke

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    The interpretation of the mass-count distinction across languages and populations

    This special collection brings together six studies using the same paradigm to investigate the interpretation of mass-count across languages and populations. Moreover, it includes contributions by Jeff Lidz, who discusses the implications of adult data for acquisition, and by David Barner and Alan Bale, who examine the paradigm itself.

    Guest Editors: Jing Lin, Aviya Hacohen, and Jeannette Schaeffer

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    The Internal and External Syntax of Adverbial Clauses

    A growing body of research has shown that adverbial clauses have a much more intricate syntax than usually acknowledged. This Special Collection addresses various themes relating to the internal and the external syntax of adverbial clauses from a cross-linguistic and diachronic perspective.

    Guest Editors: Łukasz Jędrzejowski, Werner Frey, Andreas Pankau

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    Individuals, Communities, and Sound Change

    The papers in this collection consider the role of individual differences in the actuation and spread of sound change. They explore how individual differences relate to community patterns; how they impact variation; and the degree to which they affect the initiation, phonologization, and propagation of change.

    Guest Editors: James Kirby, Lauren Hall-Lew, & Patrick Honeybone

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    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

    These papers determine (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

    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

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    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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    Morphological paradigms can be ordered so as to observe the *ABA restriction, i.e. such that only contiguous cells in a paradigm are syncretic. Syncretisms thus reveal a hierarchy in paradigms, which is in turn accounted for in terms of a hierarchy of underlying features. Consequently, syncretisms can be used as a tool for the diagnosis of feature structures.

    Guest Editors: Pavel Caha & Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

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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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    Focus concord constructions in Japanese and other languages

    Focus concord constructions consist of a single finite clause in which the focused constituent is marked with a particle, and its scope is indicated by a non-root inflection on the predicate. This special collection explores the syntactic, semantic, and morphological characteristics of focus concord from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

    Guest Editors: Edith Aldridge, Hideki Kishimoto, Iku Nagasaki, Satoshi Kinsui

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    Headedness in Phonology

    Headedness is a recent tool in phonological analyses. This Special Collection provides the first state-of-the-art overview, establishing its definition, its role in representations, and its underpinnings. Distinct approaches to headedness can be identified: structural configuration vs. diacritic, multiple heads vs. maximally one, and emergence from phonetics vs. homology to syntax.

    Guest Editor: Shanti Ulfsbjorninn

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    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 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