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- John Benjamins Publishing Company 2002; US$ 180.00
This book develops a bold new approach to universal grammar, based on research findings of the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) program. The key idea is that universal grammar is constituted by the inherent grammatical properties of some 60 empirically established semantic primes, which appear to have concrete exponents in all languages. For six... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 173.00
The papers in this volume are concerned with the question of how a speaker’s intended referent is interpreted by the addressee. Topics include the interpretation of coreferential vs. disjoint reference, the role of intonation, syntactic form and animacy in reference understanding, and the way in which general principles of utterance interpretation... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 143.00
This book explores the syntactic and semantic properties of movement and adjunction in natural language. A precise formulation of minimalist syntax is proposed, guided by an independently motivated hypothesis about the composition of neo-Davidsonian logical forms, in which there is no atomic movement operation and no atomic adjunction operation. The... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1984; US$ 188.00
This is a comparative study on the subject of interrogativity, presenting broad and narrow attributes on this subject in diverse languages: Russian, Mandarin, Georgian, Bengali, Bantu, Japanese, West Greenlandic and Ute. Each contribution presents, first the basic facts about the language in question, its more recent provenience, facts about numbers... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1998; US$ 195.00
In this collection of papers twelve linguists explore a range of interesting properties of ?give? verbs. The volume offers an in-depth look at many morphological, syntactic, and semantic properties of ?give? verbs, including both literal and figurative senses, across languages. Topics include: an apparent zero-morpheme realisation of ?give? in a Papuan... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1990; US$ 180.00
This book is a translation of Petrus Hispanus' 13th century text. Hispanus was a contemporary of linguistic theorists called 'Modistae' after 12th to 14th century writings entitled De Modis Significandi . Their concerns involved differences between the way things are in themselves, how we understand them, and how grammatical conventions require us... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1992; US$ 188.00
It is widely believed by historians of linguistics that the 19th-century was largely devoted to historical and comparative studies, with the main emphasis on the discovery of soundlaws. Syntax is typically portrayed as a mere sideline of these studies, while semantics is seldom even mentioned. If it comes into view at all, it is usually assumed to... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1983; US$ 195.00
Canonical switch-reference is an inflectional category of the verb, which indicates whether or not its subject is identical with the subject of some other verb. Switch-reference may be analyzed from a structural or a functional point of view. Functionally, switch-reference is a device for referential tracking. Formally, switch-reference is almost always... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1991; US$ 260.00
This volume contains selected contributions to the interdisciplinary symposium on 'Models of Meaning' held in Varna, September 25-28, 1988, under the auspices of the Institute of the Bulgarian Language of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The aim of the meeting was to broaden the horizons of meaning research and the modeling of linguistic semantics,... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1981; US$ 165.00
This study represents a contribution to the theory of meaning in natural language. It proposes a semantic theory containing a set of regular relational principles. These principles enable semantic theory to describe connections from the lexical reading of a word to its figurative contextual reading, from one variant reading of a polysemous lexical... more...