Control
A bibliography
Jan Engh
 



Introduction
to the bibliography of 'control'

The scope of the bibliography is to cover the grammatical literature on the intended subject of infinitives. It is based on various sources: First of all, on private bibliographical research, but also on queries for bibliographical references via LINGUIST LIST in 1993 and 1996, supplemented with searches in printed bibliographies, e.g. Eisenberg, Peter and Bernd Wiese: Bibliographie zur deutschen Grammatik: 1984-1994. Tübingen, Germany: Narr 1995, accessible bibliographical databases, Francis, Humanities Index and Modern Languages Association etc., in addition to "local" databases such as NORART, the Norwegian database for scientific articles.

Now, one might ask why a special bibliography for the notion of control is required, given the number of bibliographical resources mentioned above. The reason is two-fold: First of all, 'control' is an important and poorly understood category blurring the traditional limit between semantics and syntax. Secondly, searches for 'control', 'contrôle', 'Kontrolle' or the like are not such a trivial matter from a technical point of view. On the one hand, "control" is a fairly general word, and so are its equivalents in other languages. On the other hand, one has no guarantee that possible delimiting words such as "subject", "object", "verb", "linguistic" or "language" are being used in titles, abstracts, index word fields or any other searchable field for that matter. In order to be on the safe side, then, one cannot refrain from searching for 'control' etc. alone. And even if one tries to limit the search by means of NOT 'birth', 'flow', 'pest', and 'social' etc. one ends up with a large number of references - mostly on subjects different from understood subjects for infinitives... In fact, even if one does delimit the search by means of 'syntactic' or 'semantic' a good deal of irrelevant data is accumulated. E.g.:

TI: Visual Word Recognition: Evidence for Strategic Control of Lexical and
Nonlexical Routines in Oral Reading
AU: Baluch,-Bahman; Besner,-Derek
SO:
Journal-of-Experimental-Psychology:-Learning,-Memory,-and-Cognition, Washington,
DC (JExPLMC). 1991 July, 17:4, 644-52
(---)
PY: 1991
DE:
language-; psycholinguistics-; reading-; role of orthography-; semantic-relations;
word-frequency; in word-recognition; in Persian-language-Modern

So, the raison d'être of the bibliography is to spare others from looking through an enormous number of similarly irrelevant references in order to find those relatively few focussing on semantic or syntactic control.

The verification problem. Unfortunately, we have not been able to read all the publications listed (which, in turn, is a sign that quite a few of them are rather inaccessible). This means that the selection has been carried out to the best of our judgement - and in some cases to that of our informants. We are not in the position to guarantee that every publication discusses 'control' in exactly the sense we are after. When in doubt, though, we have adopted a liberal view, preferring to include one irrelevant title rather than to omit any title of interest.

The titles included in the bibliography refer to specialized literature on the subject. In general, works of a global nature have not been included. Exceptions are titles that can be considered of particular interest for control in the development of linguistic theory, e.g. Chomsky 1965, 1981, Jackendoff 1972, and titles such as Radford 1981 and Brennenstuhl 1982. Although the latter is focusing on action logic, it has been included since it contains relevant information on the notion of control in general. Radford's introductory book also contains a contribution to the description of linguistic 'control'.

As far as articles in collections or proceedings papers are concerned, the full reference is given except in those cases where the collection or proceedings is focussing on control. In the latter case, it is entered as a title in its own right.

Finally, a few words on the notation. The references are presented in a way which is not technically complete, nor correct from a strict library cataloguing point of view. Still, the information will be enough to give the reader a necessary hint, when looking up the item in the local library catalogue or database. It represents a compromise between the formats found in international/American and Scandinavian scientific journals.

The notational conventions are partly based on the recomendations of The Chicago manual of style: for authors, editors, and copywriters. 13th ed., rev. and expanded. Chicago, Il.: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Non-English characters have been represented with entity references as defined in the ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) character list. Unfortunately, this excluded a proper rendering of certain characters found in languages outside Western Europe. Especially Rudolf Ruzicka and the city of Poznan have every reason to complain... (In case anyone knows of a solution for the character problem, we would be greateful to hear about it.)

As for the details on the content side, we have tried to resolve as many as possible of the initials appearing in our sources. We have not managed to resolve them all, though. More investigation would have caused a delay, and we found it better to renounce a 100% exactness in order to make the bibliography available for the public now...

The target audience is linguistic students and researchers. We hope the bibliography will be useful for those of them taking a particular interest in 'control'.

The authors will be happy to receive corrections and suggestions for further titles to be included. Even for a restricted subject such as semantic or syntactic control it is virtually impossible to avoid lacunas. It is also our intention to carry on with the work. Corrected and augmented versions of the bibliography will appear with irregular intervals.


Jan Engh: A bibliography of 'control' - Introduction

25 October 2011/JE

Please report any errors or missing titles to Jan Engh, jan.engh@ub.uio.no