The Composition of Meaning

The Composition of Meaning : From Lexeme to Discourse

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In the modular design of generative theory the syntax-semantics interface has accounted all along for meanings at the level of Logical Form. The syntax-pragmatics interface, on the other hand, is the result of what one may call the 'pragmatic turn' in the linguistic theory, where content is partitioned into given and new information. In other words, the structural division of the clause has been subjected to criteria of information, or discourse structure. Both interfaces require a structurally descriptive inventory whose specific shapes can be motivated on theory-internal grounds only. The present collection of original articles develops the concept of these interfaces further. The papers in the first section focus on the syntax-semantics interface, those in the second section on the syntax-pragmatics more

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  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 149.9 x 221 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115682
  • 9781588115683

Table of contents

1. The composition of meaning (by Meulen, Alice G.B. ter); 2. I. Mapping syntactic structure to meaning; 3. Coordination in morphology and syntax: The case of copulative compounds (by Olsen, Susan); 4. Aspect, infinitival complements, and evidentials (by Gelderen, Elly van); 5. The problem of unintelligibility (by Hoop, Helen de); 6. VP-internal subjects as 'unaccusatives': Burzio's 'Object Account' vs. the 'Perfectivity Account' (by Abraham, Werner); 7. II. Mapping meaning to information structure; 8. Either, both and neither in coordinate structures (by Hendriks, Petra); 9. Information structure meetsMinimalist syntax: On argument order and case morphology in Bavarian (by Weiss, Helmut); 10. Focus particles, sentence meaning, and discourse structure (by Heusinger, Klaus von); 11. On the interpretation of multiple negation in spoken and written Afrikaans (by Molnarfi, Laszlo)show more