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Universal Semantic Syntax
A Semiotactic Approach

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  • Date Published: April 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108757836

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  • Syntactic theory has been dominated in the last decades by theories that disregard semantics in their approach to syntax. Presenting a truly semantic approach to syntax, this book takes as its primary starting point the idea that syntax deals with the relations between meanings expressed by form-meaning elements and that the same types of relations can be found cross-linguistically. The theory provides a way to formalize the syntactic relations between meanings so that each fragment of grammar can be analyzed in a clear-cut way. A comprehensive introduction into the theoretical concepts of the theory is provided, with analyzes of numerous examples in English and various other languages, European and non-European, to illustrate the concepts. The theory discussed will enable linguists to look for similarities between languages, while at the same time acknowledging important language specific features.

    • Proposes a new and integrated view of syntax
    • Provides a clear and comprehensive introduction into semiotactic theory, ideal for readers without prior knowledge of the theory
    • Presents a model for analyzing each sentence from any language by formalizing it
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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108757836
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Semiotactic Theory:
    1. Basic theoretical principles
    2. Semiotacti relations and symbols
    3. Sentences: nexus (subject-predicate relation)
    4. Valences
    5. Set expression 'SE'
    6. Nexus relation as entity (Bahuvrihi)
    7. Negation
    8. The auxiliary verb 'do'
    9. Appositions
    10. Formal and syntactic sentences
    11. Abstraction
    12. The basic principles of the formalization
    Part II. Application of the Theory:
    1. Noun Modifications
    2. Verb constructions
    3. Impersonal Constructions
    4. Other constructions in non-European languages
    5. Word order and propositional contents
    Conclusion: the syntactic theory from a semantic perspective.

  • Authors

    Egbert Fortuin, Universiteit Leiden
    Egbert Fortuin is Associate Professor of Russian Linguistics at Universiteit Leiden. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Lingua, Cognitive Linguistics and Russian Linguistics. He is currently editor of the book series Studies in General and Slavic Linguistics.

    Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren, Universiteit Leiden
    Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren studied English and Japanese and completed her Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics at Universiteit Leiden. She is chief editor and content manager on a project for the compilation of a new Japanese-Dutch dictionary.

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