Rice Working Papers in Linguistics is an annual working papers produced by the Rice Linguistics Society (RLS) in the linguistics department at Rice University.

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  • Do psychological constructions in Persian involve complex predicates? 

    Sedighi, Anousha; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    Constructions introduced in this work have been introduced as Impersonal/Subject-less in the Persian literature involving compound verbs. I explore them from the point of view of Psychological constructions and show that they do not involve compound verbs. I capture properties of Persian psychological constructions by proposing that they contain a ...
  • Prototypes and hyperspeech: Where are they in the grammar? 

    Välimaa-Blum, Riitta; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    If languages are fundamentally symbolic systems, as it is assumed in cognitive linguistics, then it follows that what speakers learn in the course of language acquisition are symbolic systems. It is not unequivocally established that linguistically untrained speakers even have spontaneously emerging awareness of meaningless entities like the phonemes ...
  • Cognition, categorization and language: Cognitive Grammar meets Vantage Theory 

    Głaz, Adam; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    Cognitive linguistics becomes more credible if it gains support from independent research on cognition. The study juxtaposes a cognitive linguistic model, Ronald W. Langacker's Cognitive Grammar (CG), with a model of categorization, primarily in the color domain, called Vantage Theory (VT), proposed by Robert E. MacLaury. The study shows that in ...
  • Homorganic NC sequences in Kibena: Pre-nasalized consonants, consonant clusters, or something else? 

    Morrison, Michelle; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    In Bantu linguistics, one topic of great debate concerns the segmental status of homorganic NC sequences. Traditionally, on the basis of durational properties, the phonological behavior of such segments, and native speaker syllabification, such sequences are considered to be prenasalized consonants. More recently Downing (2005) has taken the opposite ...
  • The typology of motion verbs in Northern Vietnamese 

    Pace, Cassandra; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    Talmy's (1985) seminal work on motion verbs categorized languages as either verb-framed or satellite-framed depending on how the core schema 'motion' is mapped onto an expression. However, Vietnamese has motion verbs that appear to function both as verb-framed and as satellite-framed. Furthermore, there is a tendency for expressions involving motion ...
  • Diachrony of complex predicates in Japanese 

    Lanz, Linda A.; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    This paper examines two types of complex predicates in Japanese from a diachronic perspective. The two-fold purpose is bring more diachronic data into the dialogue on complex predicates and to evaluate the claim by Butt and Lahiri (1998) that light verb constructions are diachronically stable. Using Japanese data it is possible to test this hypothesis. ...
  • The syntax of hybrid verb/affix lexemes and clause fusion in Hiaki (Yaqui) 

    Haugen, Jason; Harley, Heidi; Tubino Blanco, Mercedes; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    We argue that verb/affix hybrids in Hiaki (Yaqui) are subject to the same conditions on clause fusion (Rude 1996) as 'pure' affixal verbs in spite of their different distributional behavior. We show that all verbs involved in V-V affixation under clause fusion undergo VP embedding, rather than TP embedding, whether they also have a morphologically ...
  • Applicative constructions and suppletive verbs in Hiaki 

    Haugen, Jason; Tubino Blanco, Mercedes; Harley, Heidi; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    Several intransitive verbs of motion or posture in Hiaki exhibit verb-stem suppletion conditioned by the number of the subject. There are also a few suppletive transitive verbs conditioned by the number of the object. We argue in this paper that suppletion in these verb roots is triggered only by underlying objects, and that the intransitive members ...
  • Negation in Metta 

    Mihas, Elena; Linguistics Department (2009)
    Recent typological studies of clausal negation not only focus on the basic standard negation strategies that languages use to negate declarative verbal main clauses but also discuss typology of asymmetric negation in declaratives. Asymmetric negatives may have changes in the form of the lexical verb, tense and aspect marking or other clausal ...
  • Reported speech and thought in Kavalan 

    Jiang, Haowen; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    One of the amazing characteristics of human language is self-reference, that is, referring to itself by means of itself. This language-with-language phenomenon is most evident in reported discourse, where speech, thought, and perception tend to be interconnected. Hence, this paper investigates reported speech (RS) and reported thought (RT) in ...
  • Scoring a hat trick: Nation, football, and critical discourse analysis 

    Georgalou, Mariza; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    Media sport constitutes a significant arena within which discourses about national identities are continually articulated (Blain et al. 1993). This study analyses the football commentaries of the matches in which the Greek national football team competed during Euro 2004. Its focus is on the discursive means that the sportscasters deployed with a ...
  • Contrastive rhetoric of English and Persian written texts: Metadiscourse in applied linguistics research articles 

    Rahimpour, Sepideh; Faghih, Esmail; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    The present study examines a corpus of ninety discussion sections of applied linguistics research articles, with the goal of analyzing different aspects of academic written discourse. Three types of texts were considered: English texts written by native speakers of English, English texts written by Iranians (as non-natives of English), and Persian ...
  • Here's a structure that's not so simple: Revisiting the acquisition of relative clauses 

    Duffield, Cecily Jill; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    This study revisits the construction-based incremental account of relative clause acquisition presented in Diessel and Tomasello (2005) by reexamining the subset of presentational relative constructions (PRCs) from their data. I demonstrate that trends of incremental development within this construction rely on the assumption that "amalgams" ...
  • Defining complexity: Historical reconstruction and Nyulnyulan subordination 

    Bowern, Claire; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    I use data from subordination strategies in Nyulnyulan languages (Non-Pama-Nyungan, Northern Australia) in order to investigate various alternative means of defining and quantifying 'complexity'. While Edmonds (1999) defines 48 distinct types of complexity (concentrating on social and natural sciences), in this paper I concentrate on three facets ...
  • Narrative and past habitual sequences in Hausa 

    Abdoulaye, Mahamane L.; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)
    Based on the overall properties of narratives, Wald (1987) has proposed that past habitual sequences are conflated narratives and are only minimally different from single-event sequences. The aim of this paper is to test this minimal difference analysis in light of two later studies of Hausa discourse (Brye 1991, Cain 1991) that focus on the ...
  • volume 1 front matter 

    Rice Linguistics Society; Linguistics Department (2009-02-11)