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Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer-reviewed open-access books in the field of linguistics. All publications are free for both authors and readers. The books are published under a CC-BY license by default.

General Editors are Stefan Müller (FU Berlin) and Martin Haspelmath (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology).

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In the Spotlight

  • Contemporary African Linguistics

    Series: Contemporary African Linguistics
    We are happy to announce our 14th series, "Contemporary African Linguistics", which will provide a more general venue for African linguistics than the existing "African Language Grammars and Dictionaries" and "Monographs on Comparative Niger-Congo". CAL has strong support from the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics. Lee Bickmore and Akinbiyi Akinlabi are the series editors.
  • A typology of marked-S languages

    A typology of marked-S languages
    A typology of marked-S languages
    Corinna Handschuh (Author)

    A typological study of the rare Marked-S language type which overtly marks the single argument of intransitive verbs (S) while one of the arguments of transitive verbs (either A or P) is left zero-coded. The formal (overt versus zero-coding) as well as functional aspects (range of uses of individual case forms) of the phenomenon are treated. The book covers languages from the Afro-Asiatic and Nilo-Saharan languages of Africa and of the North America Pacific Northwest and Pacific regions.

  • Prosodic detail in Neapolitan Italian

    Prosodic detail in Neapolitan Italian
    Prosodic detail in Neapolitan Italian
    Francesco Cangemi (Author)

    Recent findings on phonetic detail have been taken as supporting exemplar-based approaches to prosody. Trough four experiments on both production and perception of both melodic and temporal detail in Neapolitan Italian, we show that prosodic detail is not incompatible with abstractionist approaches either. Specifically, we suggest that the exploration of prosodic detail leads to a refined understanding of the relationships between the richly specified and continuous varying phonetic information on one side, and coarse phonologically structured contrasts on the other, thus offering insights on how pragmatic information is conveyed by prosody.

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