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A Notional Theory of Syntactic Categories

A Notional Theory of Syntactic Categories

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: April 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521580236

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  • This book presents an innovative theory of syntactic categories and the lexical classes they define. It revives the traditional idea that these are to be distinguished notionally (semantically). The author proposes a notation based on semantic features that accounts for the syntactic behavior of classes. The book also presents a case for considering this classification--again in a rather traditional vein--to be basic to determining the syntactic structure of sentences.

    • Anderson is very well known, has published before in this series
    • Syntax sells strongly and Anderson has good following in Europe
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521580236
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Prelude:
    1. Notionalism
    2. Analogism
    3. Minimalism
    Part II. Fundamentals of a Notional Theory:
    4. Syntactic categories and notional features
    5. Relations between elements
    6. Further categories: the role of feature dependencies
    7. Markedness and category continuity
    8. Cross-classification
    9. Gradience and second-order categories
    10. Secondary categories
    11. Non-complements
    Part III. The Syntax of Categories:
    12. Verbal valencies
    13. The content of the functor category
    14. The basic syntax of predications
    15. The formation of ditransitives
    16. Variation in argument structure
    17. Verbals as arguments
    18. The structure of primary arguments
    References, Index.

  • Author

    John M. Anderson, University of Edinburgh

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