NLB-ENEWS 98:11 BOOKS & JOURNALS

Martha Thunes (Martha.Thunes@lili.uib.no)
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 12:53:10 +0100

            NORDIC LINGUISTIC BULLETIN - ELECTRONIC NEWS
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November 12, 1998 Part III BOOKS & JOURNALS Volume 7: Number 11
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* BOOKS & JOURNALS
- Linguistic Studies. Historical and Comparative
by Hreinn Benediktsson
- Memoires de la Societe Finno-Ougrienne, Vol. 231
- PHONUM 6, Reports from the Department of Phonetics, Umeå
- Noam Chomsky: A life of dissent
- Introduction to Natural Language Semantics
- From Mouton de Gruyter:
- Actancy
- Fragments of the Tocharian A Maitreyasamiti-Nataka of the
Xinjiang Museum, China
- Dialogues on Bakhtin: Interdisciplinary Readings

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LINGUISTIC STUDIES
HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE
by Hreinn Benediktsson

On the occasion of Professor Hreinn Benediktsson's 70th birthday, October
10th, 1998, the Institute of Linguistics, University of Iceland will publish a
collection of his papers (two volumes, a total of approx. 700 pages). Most of
the papers have appeared elsewhere, but the papers that were not published
originally in English have been translated into English for this publication
and all the papers have been reedited and retypeset. In addition, the
collection contains an Introduction, a general bibliography and an index for
all the papers.

More detailed information, together with the table of contents and a
subscription form, can be found at the following website:

http://www.hi.is/~nordconf/lingstud.htm

Eirikur Rognvaldsson voice: +354-525-4403
Department of Icelandic fax: +354-525-4242
University of Iceland e-mail: eirikur@rhi.hi.is
IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland URL: http://www.rhi.hi.is/~eirikur
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"MEMOIRES DE LA SOCIETE FINNO-OUGRIENNE", VOL. 231:

Arja Koskinen, Toiminnan valttamattomyys ja mahdollisuus. Pohjoissaamen
modaalisten ilmausten semantiikkaa ja syntaksia.
[The Necessity and Possibility of Action. The Semantics and Syntax of Modal
Expressions in Northern Saami.]
[PhD thesis: Turku 1998.] (ISBN 952-5150-21-6) 271 p.

Available from Tiedekirja bookstore: tiedekirja@pp.kolumbus.fi
For complete backlists (including online abstracts) see
http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/sus/

---------- Johanna Laakso <Johanna.Laakso@Helsinki.FI> ----------------
--------- Helsingin yliopisto, Suomalais-ugrilainen laitos ------------
----------------- http://www.helsinki.fi/~jolaakso/ -------------------
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PHONUM 6, Reports from the Department of Phonetics, Umeå

The latest Reports from the Department of Phonetics, Umeå University
PHONUM 6, October 1998 is available in pdf format at:

http://www.ling.umu.se/fon/pub/phonum6/

Kirk Sullivan e-mail: kirk@ling.umu.se
Linguistics/Phonetics tel: +46 90 786 9549
Umeå University fax: +46 90 786 6377
SE-901 87 UMEA
Sweden
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NOAM CHOMSKY: A LIFE OF DISSENT
Robert F. Barsky
(1997) MIT Press Cambridge

This biography describes the intellectual and political milieus that helped
shape Noam Chomsky, a pivotal figure in contemporary linguistics, politics,
cognitive psychology, and philosophy. It also presents an engaging polical
history of the last several decades. The book highlights Chomsky's views on
the uses and misuses of the university as an institution, his assessment of
useful political engagement and his dobuts about postmodernism. Because
Chomsky is given ample space to articulate his views on many of the major
issues relating to his work, both linguistic and political, this book can also
be seen as the autobiography that Chomsky says he will never write.
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INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL LANGUAGE SEMANTICS

de Swart, Henriette (University of Utrecht)
CSLI Publications 1998
ISBN: 1-57586-138-0 (paper), 1-57586-139-9 (cloth); 258 pp.
Distributed by Cambridge University Press.

Semantics is defined as the study of meaning expressed by elements of a
language or combinations thereof. Utterances are not just noices or scribbles,
they are used to convey information, they are linked with kinds of events,
with states of mind, etc. Speaker and hearer use language to communicate. This
introduction is concerned with the semantics of natural languages.
The text examines what issues semantics, as a theory of meaning, should
address; determining what the meanings of words of the language are and how to
semantically combine elements of a language to build up complex meanings.
Logical langauges are then developed as formal metalanguages to natural
language. Subsequent chapters address propositional logic, the syntax and
semantics of (first-order) predicate logic as an extension of propositional
logic, and Generalized Quantifier Theory. Going beyond extenstional theory, de
Swart relativizes the interpretation of expressions to times to account for
verbal tense, time adverbials and temporal connectives and introduces possible
worlds to model intensions, modal adverbs and modal auxiliaries.
This broad overview of natural language semantics should cover most of the
points addressed in an introductory course. Numerous exercises punctuate each
chapter and an example exam based on the materials presented is included,
making this volume a perfect textbook and resource for any undergraduate or
graduate-level introductory course in semantics.

CSLI Publications
Ventura Hall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4115
Telephone (650) 723-1839
Fax (650) 725-2166
email: pubs@roslin.stanford.edu
http://csli-www.stanford.edu/publications
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ACTANCY
Gilbert Lazard

1998. 23 x 15,5 cm. XVI, 286 pages
Cloth DM 218,-/approx. US$ 136.00
ISBN 3-11-015670-9
Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 19
Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

Actancy, the system of grammatical relations that obtain between the verbal
predicate and the noun phrases, is at the core of the grammar of any language.
This book is a typological study in the tradition of European structuralism
and functionalism. All aspects of actancy, morphological and syntactic, are
surveyed comparatively, with particular attention to variations within and
between languages. Notions such as subject, object, accusativity, ergativity,
diathesis, passive, antipassive, transitivity, etc., which are often too
loosely defined in the current linguistic literature, are critically examined,
given new definitions and organized into a general coherent theory.
The investigation results in the construction of language invariants,
conceived of as abstract sets of relationships, within which valency and
actancy variations develop.

Contents

Foreword * INTRODUCTION * Abbreviations * Terminology * ACTANCY instruments *
Relators * Actant indexes * Word order * Coalescence * Typologies * Intent
markers * ACTANCY STRUCTURES * Actancy schemata * Actancy structures defined *
Actancy structures and semantic relations * Other accusativity and ergativity
factors * Typology of languages * ACTANTS * Semantic roles and actant
functions * Criteria for defining actants * Circumstants and peripheral
actants * The `Object Zone' * The subject function * Conclusion and typology *
VERB CLASSES * General considerations * The major classes * Minor classes: No-
actant verbs and one-actant verbs * Minor classes: Two-actant verbs * Minor
classes: Three-actant verbs * Conclusion * ACTANCY VARIATIONS * The variations
of actancy * Forms of variation * Functions of the variations * Concluding
remarks * CORRELATIONS * General points * Invariant correlations * A model of
actancy * Grammar and experience * Notes * References * Language index *
Subject index * Author index

FRAGMENTS OF THE TOCHARIAN A MAITREYASAMITI-NATAKA OF THE XINJIANG MUSEUM,
CHINA
Ji Xianling, Werner Winter and Georges-Jean Pinault

1998. 23 x 15,5 cm. VII, 392 pages
Cloth DM 428,-/approx. US$ 268.00
ISBN 3-11-014904-4
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 113
Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

In the winter of 1974, in the Yanki district of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region
in China, close to a 1000-Buddha Temple, forest workers accidentally
discovered 44 leaves of the manuscript remains of a Tocharian A (an extinct
Indo-European language) version of the Maitreyasamiti-Nataka, one of the most
important works of Buddhist literature from Central Asia. This volume
presents the complete text of the 44 leaves, i.e., 88 pages which are now kept
at Urumqi. Although they are far from complete, they are the longest
manuscript remains of the text discovered till now. The original manuscripts
are written in Central Asian slanting Brahmi.
The volume comprises a facsimile of the fragments, the transliterated and
partly restored texts, translations, and notes, together with indices and a
full glossary, thus making the work accessible for experts and students.
The book will serve as a major research tool for specialists in Buddhist
and Tocharian studies as well as for Indo-Europeanists and Turkologists.

Mouton de Gruyter Walter de Gruyter, Inc.
Postfach 30 34 21 200 Saw Mill River Road
D-10728 Berlin Hawthorne, NY 10532
Germany USA
Fax: +49 (0)30 26005-351 Fax: +1 914 747-1326
email: mouton@degruyter.de

Publications by de Gruyter can also be ordered via World Wide Web:
http://www.deGruyter.com
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DIALOGUES ON BAKHTIN: INTERDISCIPLINARY READINGS

Mika Lähteenmäki & Hannele Dufva (toim.)
Jyväskylä: Centre for Applied Language Studies, 1998. 116 s.

The ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975), who has become the foremost Russian
philosopher and thinker in the Humanities, have received much scholarly
interest in the recent years. Thus, the legacy of Bakhtin, which during his
lifetime clearly belonged to the realm of 'unofficial', has by today gained a
firm official and institutional status both in his homeland and in the West.
The present volume represents an interdisciplinary view to the work of
Mikhail Bakhtin. The articles cover 'Bakhtinology proper' as well as
recontextualizations of Bakhtinian metaphors within various disciplines, such
as linguistics, psychology of language, literary criticism and psychotherapy.

Contents:

C. Brandist & D. Shepherd: From Saransk to Cyberspace: Towards an Electronic
Edition of Bakhtin

V. Makhlin: Bakhtin Against the Current

E. Peuranen: Bakhtin: Soft and Hard

K. Matilainen: Bakhtin and Modernity: Crisis of the Architechtonic, Crisis of
the Dialogue, Crisis of the Carnivalesque

M. Lähteenmäki: On Dynamics and Stability: Saussure, Voloshinov, and Bakhtin

O.-P. Salo: Developing Language in Social Context: On the Relationship Between
Dialogical Theory and the Study of Language Acquisition

H. Dufva: From 'Psycholinguistics' to a Dialogical Psychology of Language:
Aspects of the Inner Discourse(s)

M. Leiman: Words as Intersubjective Mediator in Psychotherapeutic Discourse:
The Presence of Hidden Voices in Patient Utterances

Price: 80 Fim

Inquiries and Orders:
Centre for Applied Language Studies
University of Jyväskylä, PL 35, 40351 Jyväskylä
Fax +358-14-603 521; e-mail: toimisto@kkkk.jyu.fi

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( President Helge Dyvik
(1996-98) Department of Linguistics and Comparative Literature,
Section for Linguistic Studies
Univ. of Bergen, Sydnesplass 7, N-5007 Bergen, Norway )

President Kersti Börjars
(1999-2001) Department of Linguistics,
University of Manchester, Manchester M13 0XS, UK

Vice-President Lars Heltoft
(1997-99) Helmevej 11, DK-2950 Vedbæk, Denmark

Secretary Thora Björk Hjartardóttir
(1998-2000) Department of Icelandic for Foreign Students
University of Iceland
IS-101 REYKJAVIK
Iceland

Treasurer Gjert Kristoffersen
(1999-2001) Department of Nordic language and literature
University of Bergen
Sydnesplassen 7
N-5007 Bergen, Norway

Member I Marja Leinonen
(1997-99) Lappviksgatan 31 D 30, 00180 Helsinki

Member II Hanne Gram Simonsen
(1997-99) Department of Linguistics
University of Oslo, P.O.Box 1102, Blindern
0317 Oslo, Norway

( Member III Kersti Börjars
(1998-2000) Department of Linguistics,
University of Manchester, Manchester M13 0XS, UK )

Member III Fred Karlsson
(1999-2001) Department of Linguistics
University of Helsinki, Finland

( Member IV Elisabeth Ahlsén
(1996-98) Department of Linguistics,
Univ. of Göteborg, S-412 98 Göteborg, Sweden )

Member IV Helena Kangasharju
(1999-2001) Dept. of Languages and Communication
Helsinki School of Economics
P. O. Box 12 10
FIN-00101 Helsinki, Finland

Editor, Nordic Journal of Linguistics: Urpo Nikanne, University of Oslo,
Dept. of East European and Oriental Studies, P.O.Box 1030 Blindern,
N-0315 Oslo, Norway.

Editor, Nordic Linguistic Bulletin: Martha Thunes, Department of
Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Section for Linguistic Studies,
Univ. of Bergen, Sydnesplass 7, N-5007 Bergen, Norway
Martha.Thunes@lili.uib.no

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