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Categorial Features
A Generative Theory of Word Class Categories


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  • Date Published: December 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107038110

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  • Proposing a novel theory of parts of speech, this book discusses categorization from a methodological and theoretical point a view. It draws on discoveries and insights from a number of approaches - typology, cognitive grammar, notional approaches, and generative grammar - and presents a generative, feature-based theory. Building on up-to-date research and the latest findings and ideas in categorization and word-building, Panagiotidis combines the primacy of categorical features with a syntactic categorization approach, addressing the fundamental, but often overlooked, questions in grammatical theory. Designed for graduate students and researchers studying grammar and syntax, this book is richly illustrated with examples from a variety of languages and explains elements and phenomena central to the nature of human language.

    • Proposes a novel feature-based theory of parts of speech addressing fundamental, but overlooked, questions in grammatical theory
    • Up-to-date with the latest findings and ideas in categorization and word-building
    • Captures aspects of labeling and phrase structure, the existence of functional categories, and the structure of mixed projections
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    'A welcome reconsideration of the notion of lexical category from a syntactic-decomposition perspective. Panagiotidis draws together insights from a diverse array of frameworks to formulate his central hypothesis concerning the 'perspective-taking' contribution of (N) and (V) features at LF. His proposal has explanatory power in a number of domains, particularly in providing an intuitive rationale for the long-recognized requirement that lexical roots must be categorized in order to participate in a syntactic derivation. Other outstanding contributions include the idea that the notion of 'functional' reduces to 'bears uninterpretable categorial features', and a substantive characterization of what 'semi-lexical' really means. A very stimulating read.' Heidi Harley, University of Arizona

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107038110
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus. 19 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Theories of grammatical category
    2. Are word class categories universal?
    3. Syntactic decomposition and categorizers
    4. Categorial features
    5. Functional categories
    6. Mixed projections and functional categorizers
    7. A summary and the bigger picture
    Appendix. Notes on Baker (2003).

  • Author

    Phoevos Panagiotidis, University of Cyprus
    Phoevos Panagiotidis is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus.

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