Notes on 65 linguistics articles

Below you'll find a list of references I've kept notes on. (Some of the notes below are really just class notes about the particular article, others are more thorough summaries. You can also access class notes through my list of classes.)

Find the reading notes in this Google Drive folder.

I have a separate page with lots of reading notes (and essays) on emotion-related topics.

Very useful

Bell, Allan. 1984. Language style as audience design. Language in Society 13: 145-204.

Bod, Rens. 2006. Exemplar-based syntax: How to get productivity from examples. Linguistic Review 23: 291-320.

Blench, R. (2006). Archaeology, Language, and the African Past. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.

Cowart, W. (1997) Experimental Syntax: Applying objective methods to sentence judgments. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (There are three of these in the folder.)

Dalgaard, P. 2002. Introductory Statistics with R. New York: Springer.

Eckert, P. (2008). Variation and the indexical field.

Hay, J. and J. Bresnan. (2006). "Spoken syntax: The phonetics of giving a hand in New Zealand English." The Linguistic Review 26: 321-349.

Hayes, Bruce and Colin Wilson. To appear. A maximum entropy model of phonotactics and phonotactic learning. Draft of Aug 2007. To appear in Linguistic Inquiry.

Lakoff, G. (1987). Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

Lohse, B., J. Hawkins, and T. Wasow (2004). "Processing Domains in English Verb-Particle Constructions." Language 80.2, pp. 238-261.

Manning, C. (2002). "Probabilistic Syntax." Draft from Jan 12, 2002. At that point, to appear in Bod, Hay, and Jannedy (Eds.), Probabilistic Linguistics. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Rittel, H., and Webber, M., “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning”, Reprint 86, University of California at Berkeley, Institute of Urban and Regional Development.


Bard, E. G., D. Robertson, and A. Sorace: 1996, `Magnitude Estimation of Linguistic Acceptability'. Language 72(1), 32-68.

Bod, R. and D. Cochran. 2007. Introduction to Exemplar-Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use. ESSLI Summer Workshop.

Bolinger, D. (1971). The Phrasal Verb in English. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. (My notes are spread out into three different pdf's.)

Bortoni-Ricardo, S. 1985. The Urbanisation of Rural Dialect Speakers: A Sociolinguistic Study in Brazil. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Joan Bresnan and John Mugane. 2006. "Agentive Nominalizations in Gĩkũyũ and theTheory of Mixed Categories".  In Intelligent Linguistic Architectures: Variations on themes by Ronald M. Kaplan, Miriam Butt, Mary Dalrymple, and Tracy Holloway King (eds), CSLI Publications, Stanford, California, 2006, pp. 201-234.

Bybee, J. and J. McClelland. 2005. Alternatives to the combinatorial paradigm of linguistic theory based on domain general principles of human cognition. The Linguistic Review 22, pp. 381-410.

Chi, Ed. "Augmented Social Cognition". At CS547: HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SEMINAR. Friday, 19 October 2007.

Churchill, Elizabeth. "Social perturbations and posited practices: looking at prototypes as more than immature proto-products". CS547: HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SEMINAR. Friday, 20 April 2007.

Goldsmith, J. (2001). "Probability for linguistics." (I used an April 2001 manuscript.)

Greenberg, J. (1948). "Linguistics and Ethnology," in D. Hymes (ed.) Language in Culture and Society. (1964). Harper and Row, New York: 27-35.

Fischer, John L. 1958. Social Influences on the Choice of a Linguistic Variant, reprinted in Language in Culture and Society, ed. By Dell Hymes. 483-489.

Hopper, P. (1998). "Emergent Grammar." In M. Tomasello (ed.), The New Psychology of Language. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers. Pp. 155-175.

Kehler, Andrew. "Coherence and the (Psycho-) Linguistics of Pronoun Interpretation." Stanford Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop: "The Construction of Meaning". Friday, October 12, 2007.

Jaeger, T. Florian. 2007. Categorical Data Analysis: Away from ANOVAs (transformation or not) and towards Logit Mixed Models. Draft, 2007.

T. Florian Jaeger. 2009 manuscript. Redundancy and Reduction: Speakers Manage Syntactic Information Density.

Labov, W. 2001. Principles of Linguistic Change, vol iii: Social Factors. Malden and Oxford: Blackwell. Conclusion (pg. 498-518).

Levin, B. and M. Rappaport (1986). “The Formation of Adjectival Passives”, Linguistic Inquiry 17, 623-661.

Mithun, Marianne. 1984. The Evolution of Noun Incorporation. Language, Vol. 60, No. 4. pp. 847-894.

Modaressi-Tehrani, Yahya. 1978. A sociolinguistic analysis of modern Persian. University of Kansas, Ph.D.

Nunberg, G. (2007). "Having a Word for It." Presentation at the Stanford Linguistics Colloquium, 11 May.

Payne, Thomas. (1997). Describing Morphosyntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 8, "Voice and valence adjusting operations".

Resnik, P. (1996). "Selectional constraints: an information-theoretic model and its computational realization." Cognition 61, pp. 127-159.

Snow, R., B. O'Connor, D. Jurafsky, A. Ng. 2008. Cheap and Fast--But is it Good? Evaluating Non-Expert Annotations for Natural Language Tasks. Proceedings of the 2008 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. Honolulu: Association for Computational Linguistics. 254-263.

Suppes, Patrick. 1970. Probabilistic grammars for natural languages. Synthèse 22: 95-116.

Not my favorite

Annunzio, S. (2004). Contagious Success: Spreading high performance throughout your organization. New York: Portfolio.

De Fina, A. (2007). "Code-switching and the construction of ethnic identity in a community of practice." Language in Society 36: 371-392.

Higgins, Christina. 2007. Shifting tactics of intersubjectivity to align indexicalities: A case of joking around in Swahinglish in Language in Society 36: 1-24.

Hudson, R. (1997). Inherent variability and linguistic theory. Cognitive Linguistics 8: 73-108.

Moerman, M. (1988). Talking Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Reinhart, T. and Siloni, T. (2005). The Lexicon-Syntax Parameter: Reflexivization and Other Arity Operations. Linguistic Inquiry 36: 3, pp. 389-436.

Others (unrated)

Barss, A. and H. Lasnik (1986) “A Note on Anaphora and Double Objects”, Linguistic Inquiry 17, 347-354.

Bresnan, J.W. (2001) Lexical-Functional Syntax. Blackwell, Oxford. Chapter 3.

Bresnan, J. (1976). "On the Form and Functioning of Transformations." Linguistic Inquiry 7.1: 3--40.

Carrier, J. and J.H. Randall (1992) “The Argument Structure and Syntactic Structure of Resultatives”, Linguistic Inquiry 23, 173-234.

Chomsky, N. (1977). "On Wh-Movement." In P.  Culicover, T. Wasow, and A. Akmajian, (eds.), Formal Syntax. New York: Academic Press. Pp. 71-132. (excerpts).

Goldsmith, John. 2007. Towards a new empiricism: 1.6. MS, U. Chicago.

Haegeman, L. and J. Guéron (1999). English Grammar. Blackwell, Oxford. 199-286.

Harley, H. (2003) “Possession and the Double Object Construction”, in P. Pica and J. Rooryck, eds., Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 31-70.

Huddleston, R., G. Pullum et al. (2002). The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: CUP. Pp. 1079-1096.

Inoue, M. (2002). "Gender, language, and modernity: Towards an effective history of Japanese women's language." American Ethnologist 29, 2: 392-422.

Jäger, Gerhard and Anette Rosenbach. 2004. The winner takes it all - almost. Cumulativity in grammatical variation. MS, University of Potsdam and University of DEseldorf.

Lapata, Mirella. "Modeling local coherence: an entity-based approach." Stanford Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop: "The Construction of Meaning". Friday, November 9, 2007.

Lappin, S. and S. Shieber. (2007). Machine Learning as a source of insight into Universal Grammar. Journal of Linguistics, 43: 393-427.

Levi, J. M. (1999). “Hidden Transcripts among the Rarámuri: Culture, Resistance, and Interethnic Relations in Northern Mexico.” American Ethnologist 26(1):90-113.

Levine, R., T. Hukari and M. Calcagno. (2001). "Parasitic Gaps in English: Some Overlooked Cases and Their Theoretical Consequences." In Culicover, Peter W. and Paul M. Postal (eds.) Parasitic Gaps, Current Studies in Linguistics 35. Cambridge. MA: MIT Press.

Paré, D. and G. Cree. 2009. "Web-based Image Norming: How do object familiarity and visualcomplexity ratings compare when collected in-lab vs. online."

Postal, P. (2004). Skeptical Linguistic Essays. "Chapter 7: Junk Syntax 1: A supposed Account of Strong Crossover Effects."

Roberts, I. (1997). Comparative Syntax. Edward Arnold, London.

Ross, J. (1967). Constraints on Variables in Syntax. Doctoral dissertation, MIT. [Published in 1986 as Infinite Syntax. Norwood, N.J.: ABLEX.] Excerpts.

Sag, Ivan A., and Janet D. Fodor. 1994. Extraction Without Traces. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Stanford: CSLI Publications. Pp 365--384.

Sag, Ivan A. 2000. Another Argument Against Wh-Trace. Jorge Hankamer Webfest.

Takahashi, Eri and Jeffrey Lidz. 2007. Beyond statistical learning in syntax.

Wechsler, S. (1997). “Resultative Predicates and Control”, Texas Linguistic Forum 38: The Syntax and Semantics of Predication, Department of Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin, 307-321.