This book explores the interaction of grammatical components in a wide variety of languages, and presents and exemplifies new experimental and analytic techniques for studying linguistic interfaces.
This book explores the interaction of grammatical components in a wide variety of languages, and presents and exemplifies new experimental and analytic techniques for studying linguistic interfaces. Speaking a language requires access to the different aspects of its grammar — semantic, syntactic, phonological, pragmatic, morphological, and phonetic. Knowing how these interact is crucial to understanding the operations of any specific language and to the explanation of how language in general operates in the mind. The new research presented here combines theoretical and experimental perspectives on one of the most productive fields in contemporary linguistics.
After the editors' introduction the volume is organized along four themes: the structural properties of sentences interfacing with meaning and the lexicon; internal word structure and its effect on the syntactic and phonological components; the syntax-phonology interface and its relation to the phonetics-phonology interface; and the implications of interfaces for language acquisition and language processing. The book will interest theoretical linguists and all those in linguistics and cognitive science working on the mental operations of language.
is a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Ulster. Her research interests are theoretical and comparative syntax and language processing with special focus on the syntax-lexicon and syntax-semantics interfaces. She has published work in Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, TICS among others, as well as in many edited volumes.
Christiane Ulbrich is a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Ulster. She has worked on segmental and prosodic characteristics in varieties of German. Her current research focuses on the contribution of segments and prosody in second language acquisition at the interface of phonetics and phonology. She is the author of Phonetische Untersuchungen zur Prosodie der Standardvarietšten des Deutschen (Phonetic investigation of prosody in standard varieties of German) (Peter Lang,