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A Syntax of Substance (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs Book by David Adger PDF

By David Adger

ISBN-10: 0262018616

ISBN-13: 9780262018616

ISBN-10: 0262518309

ISBN-13: 9780262518307

In A Syntax of Substance, David Adger proposes a brand new method of word constitution that eschews useful heads and labels buildings exocentrically. His concept at the same time simplifies the syntactic process and restricts the variety of attainable buildings, ruling out the ever-present (remnant) roll-up derivations and forcing a separation of arguments from their obvious heads. This new method has a couple of empirical results, which Adger explores within the area of relational nominals throughout diverse language households, together with Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Polynesian, and Semitic. He exhibits that the relationality of such nouns as hand, edge, or mother -- which appear to have as a part of their that means a relation among ingredients -- is really a part of the syntactic illustration during which they're used instead of an inherent a part of their which means. This empirical final result follows without delay from the hot syntactic method, as does a unique research of PP enhances to nouns and possessors. Given this, he argues that nouns can, commonly, be regarded as easily standards of substance, differentiating them from actual predicates. A Syntax of Substance bargains an leading edge contribution to debates in theoretical syntax in regards to the nature of syntactic representations and the way they hook up with semantic interpretation and linear order.

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