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Every five years, on the occasion of the International Congress of Slavists, a volume appears that presents a comprehensive overview of current Slavic linguistic research in the Netherlands. Like its predecessors, the present collection covers a variety of topics: Bulgarian and Polish aspectology (Barentsen, Genis), Slavic historical linguistics (Kortlandt, Vermeer), pragmatics of tense usage in Old Russian (Dekker), dialect description (Houtzagers), L2 acquisition (Tribushinina & Mak), Russian foreigners’ speech imitation (Peeters & Arkema), corpus-based semantics (Fortuin & Davids) and theoretical work on negation (Keijsper, Van Helden). As can be seen from this list, the majority of the contributions in this peer-reviewed volume displays the data-oriented tradition of Dutch Slavic linguistics, but studies of a more theoretical nature are also represented.
Exploring and understanding English through corpora
Honoured with the 2017 AESLA Research Award of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics.

Corpus linguistics on the move: Exploring and understanding English through corpora comprises fourteen contributions by leading scholars in the field of English corpus linguistics, covering areas of central concern in corpus research and corpus methodology. The topics examined in the different chapters include issues related to corpus compilation and annotation, perspectives from specialized corpora, and studies on grammatical and pragmatic aspects of English, all these examined through a broad range of corpora, both synchronic and diachronic, representing both EFL and different native varieties of English worldwide. The volume will be of primary interest to students and researchers working on English corpus linguistics, but is also likely to have a wider general appeal.

Contributors are: Bas Aarts, Siân Alsop, Anita Auer, Jill Bowie, Eduardo Coto-Villalibre, Pieter de Haan, Johan Elsness, Moragh Gordon, Hilde Hasselgård, Turo Hiltunen, Magnus Huber, Marianne Hundt, Mikko Laitinen, Martti Mäkinen, Beatriz Mato-Míguez, Mike Olson, Antoinette Renouf, and Bianca Widlitzki.
Author: Olga Spevak
The internal ordering of Latin noun phrases is very flexible in comparison with modern European languages. Whereas there are a number of studies devoted to the variable placement of modifiers, The Noun Phrase in Classical Latin Prose proposes an entirely new approach: a discussion of the semantic and syntactic properties of both nouns and modifiers. Using recent insights in general linguistics, it argues that not only pragmatic factors but also semantic factors (whether we are dealing with an inherent property, the author’s assessment, or a further specification of a referent) are responsible for the internal ordering of Latin noun phrases. Additionally, this book discusses prepositional phrases functioning as modifiers, and appositions, which have received little attention in the literature.
In Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of Syntax-Discourse Interface in Heritage Grammars, Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan investigates comprehension and production of anaphoric dependencies with null and overt subject pronouns. She discusses the divergent behaviour of the heritage speakers of Russian by providing a closer look at their proficiency level, quantity of input and order of language acquisition. She explains the results with various degrees of successful application of pragmatic principles and efficiency in allocating cognitive resources.
The contribution of the monograph lies in the discussion of theoretical and experimental issues related to anaphora resolution along with an investigation of all aspects of representation and processing of anaphoric pronouns by various kinds of bilinguals: heritage speakers, L2 learners and L1 attriters.


Author: Emmanuel Dupraz
Past research on the Sabellian languages has been devoted mainly to the phonetic and morphological features of these languages as elements for the reconstruction of the prehistoric stages of Latin. The present book aims at analysing the semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic features of a subset of grammatical terms, the demonstratives. It contains a thorough description of their synchronic behaviour, which permits both a comparison to the Latin data with new hypotheses on the epigraphic genres in Republican Italy and a reconstruction of the Italic origins of these terms based on typological principles. Neither the grammar of Sabellian nor the pragmatic scope of the Sabellian inscriptions should be considered a priori identical to their Latin comparanda.
Studies in English Corpus Linguistics
The twenty papers of this volume - published to honour Gunnel Tottie - are of interest to everyone concerned with the study of the English language. The collection is a convincing argument for an approach to language studies based on the analysis of computerized corpora.
Though this is not an introduction to the field but a series of highly specialized studies, readers get a good overview of the work being done at present in English computer corpus studies. English corpus linguistics, though basically concerned with the study of varieties of English, goes far beyond the simple ordering and counting of large numbers of examples but is deeply concerned with linguistic theory - based on real language data.
The volume includes sections on corpora of written and spoken present-day English, historical corpora, contrastive corpora, and on the application of corpus studies to teaching purposes.
The passive construction in Dutch represents a long-standing problem both in linguistics and in written communications. This book proposes a new analysis of the passive in Dutch, integrating insights from theoretical (especially cognitive) linguistics and rhetoric/composition. The point of departure is the observation that the Dutch passive has a demonstrable perspective effect in texts: the passive discourages identification with the agent, and this in fact is the meaning of the Dutch passive construction. This meaning forms the basis for a solution to a number of text problems, including the problem of how to best use the passive in computer manuals.
We can also understand the passive's role in specific texts. For example, it becomes clear why policy paper writers use so many passives. Finally, in one of the case studies it is shown why passives were used differently in the NRC Handelsblad, a Rotterdam daily newspaper, and in the Parool, from Amsterdam, when they both reported that Ajax, Amsterdam's football team, became the national soccer champion.
Ce recueil s'adresse à tous les linguistes qui s'intéressent à l'aspect. Les études réunies dans ce volume présentent l'aspect de différents points de vue à travers l'étude de plusieurs langues - français, allemand, anglais, créole et berbère - et rapprochent la problématique aspectuelle d'autres phénomènes linguistiques comme les typologies des procès, l'anaphore, l'ordre, la nominalisation, la négation ou l'analyse des compléments adverbiaux et les opérateurs temporels. La diversité des approches (synchronique, diachronique, contrastive, didactique, ou autres) et des cadres théoriques (Reichenbach, Culioli, Bickerton, Vendler, Fourquet, etc.) permet de jeter des regards intéressants et parfois inattendus sur un domaine qui passionne actuellement beaucoup de linguistes.
L'anaphore est à la mode : il suffit de considérer le nombre d'études qu'on publie les derniers temps sur le sujet pour s'en convaincre. Par rapport à ce flot de publications, les études réunies dans ce recueil ont pour particularité de s'intéresser au rapport qu'entretient l'anaphore non pas avec la cohérence, mais avec l'incohérence.
La première série d'études s'intéresse au pronom il lorsque celui-ci est employé pour désigner des référents en transformation (les référents évolutifs) ou pour marquer l'hétérogénéité discursive et les changements d'univers de croyance associés, et pose le problème de la notion de focalisation.
La deuxième série concerne l'emploi anaphorique des syntagmes nominaux définis, dont le statut anaphorique même est remis en question. Leur interprétation est en effet plutôt indirecte, puisqu'elle exige la récupération d'un cadre. L'accessibilité de celui-ci dépend de facteurs cognitifs et argumentatifs. Les syntagmes sans nom et les syntagmes nominaux démonstratifs posent des problèmes particuliers à cet égard.
La dernière série d'analyses porte sur les mécanismes anaphoriques qui sous-tendent les indéfinis (pronoms et adjectifs) même, autre, et tel, qui ont chacun leur fonctionnement anaphorique propre et qui imposent chacun des contraintes spécifiques sur les inférences nécessaires pour récupérer le contexte qui permet de les interpréter. Ce qui pose la question de la définition même de l'anaphore. Faut-il élargir la notion et considérer comme anaphoriques des phénomènes comme le redoublement clitique en bulgare? Ou faut-il au contraire la restreindre et distinguer l'anaphore d'autres types de relations (en l'occurrence la relativisation ou les rapports corrélatifs)? En dernière analyse, une réponse à ses questions engage la notion de cohérence.

This volume is a collection of studies on pronominal and nominal anaphoric expressions. The central question of the volume is how anaphoric expressions contribute to the creation of textual coherence or, even, incoherence. It covers a range of French expressions, from pronomina as such to adjectives such as tel and même as well as nominal expressions. Specific types of anaphora studied include associative and evolutive anaphora, as well as the more formal semantic representation of anaphora. The volume thus finally poses the more general problem of the definition of anaphora as such and its relation with coherence more in particular.