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
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
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
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
These papers aim to determine 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
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
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
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.
Guest editors: Kunio Nishiyama & James Yoon
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
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
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
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