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By Mushira Eid, Gregory Iverson

The amount is split into 4 sections: typology, syntax, discourse and phonology. of the typology papers research the constitution and association of class structures (Joseph Greenberg, Linda Schwartz); the 3rd discusses language typology and universals from the viewpoint of language acquisition (Fred Eckman). The 8 papers within the syntax part are of 3 forms. Edith Moravcsik and James Tai speak about 'general' problems with linguistic theory/domain. 4 papers (Mushira Eid, Michael Kac, Nancy Hedberg, Larry Hutchinson) deal with particular analyses and their implications from language-particular and theoretical views. The papers via Deborah Dahl and Thomas Rindflesch relate theoretical thoughts and analyses to average language processing. within the part on discourse, the contributions by way of Anita Barry and Amy Sheldon take care of interpersonal clash; George Yule discusses the choice among direct and oblique speech kinds. Helga Delisle and Cynthia Clamons think about ways that offerings between, or edition in, a few grammatical and semantic different types should be explainable on pragmatic and discourse grounds. The phonology papers are excited about significant subject matters: underspecification and borrowing. 4 of the articles deal with the difficulty of underspecification in phonological representations (Daniel Dinnsen, Joseph Stemberger, Janet Bing, Gregory Iverson). within the different papers questions of borrowing are mentioned, in Nancy Stenson's contribution from a synchronic standpoint, and in Gunter Schaarsmidt's paper from a ancient one. the amount is finished by way of a subject matter index and a language index.

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Thus there must always be distinct first and second singular independent pronouns, and they are generally kept distinct in bound forms also. Outside of distinctions of this kind, there are requirements that certain semantic combinations must be covered even if there is no unique expression. Thus the combination of first and second person singulars must be expressed some way, whether as a distinct first person inclusive dual, or nondistinctly by inclusion in a first person dual without the inclusive/exclusive distinction, an inclusive first person plural or a general first person plural without the distinction of inclusive and 22 JOSEPH H.

Nevertheless, we have seen that the second person shares many properties with the third person which it does not with the first, since it excludes ego. Hence the traditional notion of a pronominal category of person with three members seems defensible. After all the three-person pattern may be the result of historical accident, but it is a recurrent one. Moreover the three persons taken jointly exhaust the possibilities of reference in the speech situation. Assuming then the legitimacy of a three person analysis and the existence of an entity such as the traditional pronominal system, we may propose a modification of a Conklin type feature system for the usual three person type in the singular.

38 LINDA SCHWARTZ many types of boards, natural phenomena, such as snow and ice, moon and stars, useful plants such as nettle, most nuts and berries. Animal parts and products tend not to occur in this class, with a few exceptions, such as fisheggs and terms for the whole skin of animals. On the other hand, there are items from most of these semantic fields in the inanimate class as well: edible plants and products, cooking utensils and tools, articles of clothing, some trees and bushes, most animal parts, etc.

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