Sound and Grammar

A Neo-Sapirian Theory of Language


Sound and Grammar: A Neo-Sapirian Theory of Language by Susan F. Schmerling offers an original overall linguistic theory based on the work of the early American linguist Edward Sapir, supplemented with ideas from the philosopher-logicians Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz and Richard Montague and the linguist Elisabeth Selkirk. The theory yields an improved understanding of interactions among different aspects of linguistic structure, resolving notorious issues directly inherited by current theory from (post-) Bloomfieldian linguistics. In the theory presented here, syntax is a filter on a phonological algebra, not a linguistic level; linguistic expressions are phonological structures, and syntax is semantically relevant relations among phonological structures. The book shows how Neo-Sapirian Grammar sheds new light on syntax-phonology interactions in English, German, French, and Spanish.

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Biographical Note
Susan F. Schmerling, Ph.D. (1973), University of Illinois, is a technical editor. She has published Aspects of English Sentence Stress (University of Texas Press, 1976), articles on pragmatics, syntactic theory, and semantics, including, most recently, "On Non-Progressive ‘being’" (with Diego Gabriel Krivochen) and "Rhetorical Meaning".
This book will especially interest readers concerned with linguistic theory and insights from logic, set theory, algebra, prosodic phonology, and categorial grammar. These are explained with simple examples as they are introduced.
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