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Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface


  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521811798
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  • Language is a system of communication in which grammatical structures function to express meaning in context. While all languages can achieve the same basic communicative ends, they each use different means to achieve them, particularly in the divergent ways that syntax, semantics and pragmatics interact across languages. This book looks in detail at how structure, meaning, and communicative function interact in human languages. Working within the framework of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG), Van Valin proposes a set of rules, called the 'linking algorithm', which relates syntactic and semantic representations to each other, with discourse-pragmatics playing a role in the linking. Using this model, he discusses the full range of grammatical phenomena, including the structures of simple and complex sentences, verb and argument structure, voice, reflexivization and extraction restrictions. Clearly written and comprehensive, this book will be welcomed by all those working on the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

    • Discusses a wide range of typological data
    • Presents a comprehensive theory of grammar
    • Presents ideas that can be applied within other disciplines such as cognitive psychology and computer science
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    'this book on RRG linguistic theory succeeds to provide a fresh and deep analytic view on the exploration of the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics interfaces … A special remark should emphasize the cross-linguistic value of the whole investigation within the book.' Zentralblatt MATH

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521811798
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 29 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Syntactic structure
    2. Lexical representation and semantic roles
    3. Information structure
    4. Syntactic relations and case marking
    5. Linking syntactic and semantic representations in simple sentences
    6. The structure of complex sentences
    7. Linking syntax and semantics in complex sentences.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Grammatical Analysis
    • Morphology & Syntax
  • Author

    Robert D. van Valin, Jr., State University of New York, Buffalo
    Robert D. Van Valin Jr is Professor and Chair of Linguistics at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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