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This volume presents a selection of papers from the first international conference of the Irish Network in Formal Linguistics (INFL). INFL is well placed to attract expertise on both microvariation and the linguistics of the Celtic languages, and the volume reflects this expertise. Microvariation approaches the analysis of dialect variation with a focus on how it contributes to the understanding of linguistic theory. The synchronic and diachronic variation examined in this volume includes Irish English, dialects of Italian and dialects of Flemish. Under the linguistic study of Celtic languages, the papers included address important architectural questions in linguistic theory, as well as challenging some notions with a long history in traditional descriptions of the Celtic languages. The final section brings together papers on topics of current theoretical interest in the formal analysis of syntax, semantics and discourse, including phase theoretic approaches to a range of phenomena involving syntactic conditions on semantic interpretation. The final two papers adopt a formal perspective not to aspects of linguistic structure, but to language use in contexts demonstrating the import of formal micro-level sequential analysis of talk-in-interaction for macro-level questions of communication and social organisation.
About the Author
Dr Catrin S. Rhys is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Ulster. Her early publications and doctoral research examine the syntax-semantics interface in Mandarin Chinese. Her current research and publications have shifted focus to the formal properties of talk-in-interaction primarily in institutional and clinical contexts and the interface between language structure and use.Dr Pavel Iosad is Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in the interfaces of phonology with phonetics and morphosyntax and the implications of laboratory and variationist findings for formal theorizing. He has published mostly on the Celtic languages, but also on Romance, Slavic, and Germanic varieties.Professor Alison Henry is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ulster. She is internationally renowned for her work on microvariation, particularly in relation to the syntax of Belfast English and other Northern Irish English dialects. She is also interested in language acquisition, including the acquisition of aspects of microvariation in syntax.