Special Issue "Theoretical Studies on Turkic Languages"
A special issue of Languages (ISSN 2226-471X).
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This special issue includes studies on Turkish and some other Turkic languages, e.g. Azeri, Balkar, Tatar, and Uyghur. The issue reflects the state of the art in Turkic linguistics, with a focus on Turkish, and a cross-Turkic interest in interface studies, in particular on studies of the interfaces between and among syntax, morphology, prosody and, as a novel area of research within Turkic linguistics, of semantics and its interfaces with syntax and prosody. Studies on language contact (especially of the Turkic languages of the Balkans), first language acquisition, and processing are included, as well.
With their transparent morphology and head-final structure of words as well as sentences, the Turkic languages have attracted formal syntactic studies with a focus on the syntax – morphology interface, attempting to account for this parallelism. Likewise, the expression of information-structural notions such as focus is reflected both in the syntax (especially in the word order) of the Turkish languages as well as in the prosody. The nominalized nature of the most general type of embedded clauses has been addressed in seminal work by Lees (e.g. Lees 1965, Kornfilt & Whitman 2011), as have issues of case marking and its relevance for word order, prosody, and semantic scope, but without clear and final results. This special issue aims at a cross-Turkic perspective of such questions of interfaces; the studies included in this collection address issues of nominal syntax, binding of anaphors as well as the interaction of anaphors with overt agreement, the semantics of factivity, eventivity and telicity, the interaction of argument positions and prosody, the status of clitics versus suffixes, the scope of negation as well as different types of negation, the parallels between universal quantification and prosody, as well as prosody domains that violate syntactic constraints such as the PIC. Issues of language contact and the resulting changes in basic syntactic properties of the Turkic languages have been mentioned in typological literature in the past (see, for example, entries on individual Turkic languages in Johanson & Csató 1998), but no formal account or even formal, in-depth description has been given; this special issue includes such a study for the Turkic languages of the Balkans. The influence of overt case morphology on the way noun phrases and their syntactic properties are acquired by children is an area of inquiry which might have been broached in the past (see, for example, Kornfilt 1994), but only superficially. This special issue includes a study of this area, based on original and novel field work.
There is currently no single book or journal issue in the literature that consists of a set of theoretical, formal studies on different Turkic languages. There is a volume, entitled Turkic Languages (Johanson & Csató 1998), which includes structural and/or philological studies of those languages, but none of the articles included in that volume is theoretical or formal, nor in-depth. There is a special issue of the journal Lingua which does have theoretical articles, but those are limited to Turkish, and include only information-structural studies on focus and topic in Turkish (Göksel & Özsoy 2003). There also are a few theoretical articles on a number of Turkic languages (e.g. Turkish, Sakha) in a number of journals (e.g. NLLT, Glossa, Lingua, Linguistic Inquiry), but these are single studies on narrow issues. Thus, this special issue of Languages is unique in its nature as a cross-Turkic collection of theoretical and formal studies and will fill a gap in the theoretical literature on Turkic, while obviously being related to previous theoretical studies on the Turkic languages.
Note: This Special Issue includes only commissioned content. Please do not submit unsolicited manuscripts.
Johanson, Lars & Éva Á. Csató. 1998. The Turkic Languages. London and New York: Routledge.
Özsoy, A. Sumru & Aslı Göksel. 2003. Lingua. Special issue on: Focus in Turkish. Volume 113, issue 11.
Kornfilt, Jaklin. 1994. Some reamrks on the interaction of case and word order in Turkish: Implications for acquisition. In B. Lust, M. Suñer & J. Whitman (eds.), Syntactic Theory and First Language Acquisition: Cross Linguistic Perspectives, vol. 1, 171-199. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Kornfilt, Jaklin & John Whitman. 2011. Afterword: Nominalizations in linguistic theory. Lingua 121(7). 1297–1313.
Lees, Robert B. 1965. “Turkish nominalizations and a problem of ellipsis.” Foundations of Language 1(2), 112-121.
Prof. Dr. Jaklin Kornfilt
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- turkic languages
- syntax-phonology interface
- syntax-semantics interface