Formal Issues in Austronesian Linguistics

  • Ileana Paul
  • Vivianne Phillips
  • Lisa Travis

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 49)

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About this book


Austronesian languages have long raised interesting questions for generative theories of syntax and morphology. The papers in this volume encompass some of these traditional questions and place them in newer theoretical contexts. Some of the papers also address new issues which add to our understanding of members of this language family on one side and the nature of linguistic theories on the other. There are three broad issues that re-occur throughout the volume - the role and analysis of verbal morphology, the nature of the subject or the topic in these languages, and the interaction of syntax and specificity. The papers in this volume show that as formal theories become more precise, a wider range of language data can be captured, and as the inventory of language data grows, the accuracy of formal linguistic theories improves.


Index Syntax aspect language morphology subject syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • Ileana Paul
    • 1
  • Vivianne Phillips
    • 2
  • Lisa Travis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and PhilosophyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of LinguisticsMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5357-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1580-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
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