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Grammar

  • The Grammar of Japanese Mimeticsby Noriko Iwasaki; Peter Sells; Kimi Akita

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Mimetic words, also known as ?sound-symbolic words?, ?ideophones? or more popularly as ?onomatopoeia?, constitute an important subset of the Japanese lexicon; we find them as well in the lexicons of other Asian languages and sub-Saharan African languages. Mimetics play a central role in Japanese grammar and feature in children?s early utterances.... more...

  • A Semantics for the English Existential Constructionby Louise McNally

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 140.00

    First published in 1997, this book addresses the question: What is the interpretation of English there -existential construction? One of the principal goals is to develop an interpretation for the construction that will specifically address other properties of the postcopular DP. After outlining the problem, the author goes on to present a syntactic... more...

  • Anaphora and Semantic Interpretationby Tanya Reinhart

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 140.00

    First published in 1983, this book examines anaphora ? a central issue in linguistic theory as it lies at the crossroads of several major problems. On the one hand it is believed that the same conditions that govern the interpretation of anaphora also govern syntactic movement rules but on the other, while anaphora is known to interact with various... more...

  • Interaction of Morphology and Syntax in American Sign Languageby Carol A. Padden

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 140.00

    This study, first published in 1988, examines cases of interaction of morphology and syntax in American Sign Language and proposes that clause structure and syntactic phenomena are not defined in terms of verb agreement or sign order, but in terms of grammatical relations. Using the framework of relational grammar developed by Perlmutter and Postal... more...

  • The Semantics and Pragmatics of Preposingby Gregory L. Ward

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 140.00

    First published in 1988, this book examines the aspects of pragmatic competence involving the class of preposing constructions in English. By limiting the scope of investigation to particular grammatical categories, the author argues previous studies have failed to capture significant pragmatic generalisations. The author asserts what distinguishes... more...

  • On the Semantics of Wh-Clausesby Stephen Berman

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 125.00

    First published in 1994, this book is concerned with certain kinds of wh -clauses, whose interpretations are easily and, the author argues, plausibly rendered by a logicosemantic analysis on which wh- phrases translate as open sentences, that is, as expressions of the semantically interpreted representation which contain free variables. After a... more...

  • A Semantics for Groups and Eventsby Peter Lasersohn

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 125.00

    First published in 1990, this dissertation presents an event-based model-theoretic semantics for plural expressions in English. The author defends against counterarguments the hypothesis that distributive predicates are predicates of groups, and not just individuals. By defining the collective/distributive distinction in terms of event structure,... more...

  • German Temporal Semanticsby John A. Nerbonne

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 155.00

    First published in 1985, this book analyses temporal meaning in German. The framework is that of a model-theoretic semantics, more specifically one incorporating a multi-dimensional tense logic. The first chapter presents this logic and argues that three dimensions are optimal for the description of natural language temporalia. The second chapter... more...

  • Passive Constructions in Lithuanianby Anna Kibort; Nijole Maskaliuniene; Arturas Ratkus

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2016; US$ 158.00

    This unique volume comprises a monograph and a set of articles by renowned typologist Emma Geniu?ienė which all focus on the topic of morphologically passive constructions in Lithuanian. It is the first translation into English of the author?s original work from the 1970s. It offers a rich treasury of data, a detailed structural description of... more...

  • Acquiring conversational competenceby Elinor Ochs; Bambi B. Schieffelin

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 140.00

    First published in 1983, this book represents a substantial body of detailed research on children?s language and communication, and more generally on the nature of interactive spoken discourse. It looks at areas of competence often examined in young children?s speech have that have not been described for adults ? leading to insights not only in the... more...