9.1670, Books: Syntax/Semantics

LINGUIST Network linguist at linguistlist.org
Tue Nov 24 15:23:18 UTC 1998

LINGUIST List:  Vol-9-1670. Tue Nov 24 1998. ISSN: 1068-4875.

Subject: 9.1670, Books: Syntax/Semantics

Moderators: Anthony Rodrigues Aristar: Wayne State U.<aristar at linguistlist.org>
            Helen Dry: Eastern Michigan U. <hdry at linguistlist.org>
            Andrew Carnie: U. of Arizona <carnie at linguistlist.org>

Reviews: Andrew Carnie: U. of Arizona <carnie at linguistlist.org>

Associate Editors:  Martin Jacobsen <marty at linguistlist.org>
                    Brett Churchill <brett at linguistlist.org>
                    Ljuba Veselinova <ljuba at linguistlist.org>

Assistant Editors:  Scott Fults <scott at linguistlist.org>
		    Jody Huellmantel <jody at linguistlist.org>
		    Karen Milligan <karen at linguistlist.org>

Software development: John H. Remmers <remmers at emunix.emich.edu>
                      Chris Brown <chris at linguistlist.org>

Home Page:  http://linguistlist.org/

Editor for this issue: Scott Fults <scott at linguistlist.org>

Links to the websites of all LINGUIST's supporting publishers are
available at the end of this issue.


Date:  23 Nov 98 16:20:51 -0500
From:  Damon Zucca <damon_zucca at garland.com>
Subject:  Syntax/Semantics of gradable adjectives

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  23 Nov 98 16:20:51 -0500
From:  Damon Zucca <damon_zucca at garland.com>
Subject:  Syntax/Semantics of gradable adjectives

Kennedy, Christopher; Projecting the Adjective: The Syntax and
Semantics of Gradability and Comparison; 0-8153-3349-8, cloth; page
262, $61; Garland Publishing; Outstanding Dissertations in

This book investigates the core meaning and syntactic distribution
of gradable adjectives: adjectives such as long, short, bright and
dim, with respect to which objects can be ordered and compared.  The
central thesis is that gradable adjectives should be semantically
characterized as measure functions: expressions that map objects onto
abstract representations of measurement, or degrees.  A second major
claim is that degrees should be formalized as intervals on a scale,
rather than discrete points, as standardly assumed.  These proposals
are supported by a number of empirical arguments involving the
interpretation of comparative constructions in English, including
scope phenomena, incommensurability, and the semantic behavior of
antonymous adjectives.  In addition, the semantic analysis is shown to
support a straight forward compositional interpretation of syntactic
representations in which adjectives project extended functional
structure headed by degree morphology, thus bringing the analysis of
the adjectival projection in line with current theoretical assumptions
about the phrase structure and interpretation of the nominal and
verbal projections.  The proposals are formalized in terms of
model-theoretic semantics and the Principles and Parameters syntactic
framework.  The text includes a comprehensive overview of previous
approaches to the semantic analysis of gradable adjectives, as well as
an introduction to some of the fundamental questions and puzzles
involving the syntax and semantics of comparatives, and it presents
new data which provide insight into the relation between comparatives
and ellipsis.  This book will be of interest to scholars in the areas
of natural language semantics and the syntax-semantics interface,
adjectives, comparative constructions, vagueness, antonymy, and
English grammar in general.

E-mail: info at garland.com


If you buy one of these books please tell the publisher or author
that you saw it advertised on the LINGUIST list.

            Publisher's backlists

The following contributing LINGUIST publishers have made their
backlists available on the World Wide Web:

1998 Contributors:

Major Supporters:

Addison Wesley Longman
Blackwell Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Edinburgh University Press
Garland Publishing
Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
MIT Press (Books Division)
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
Mouton de Gruyter
Oxford University Press
Summer Institute of Linguistics

Other Supporting Publishers:

Anthropological Linguistics
Cascadilla Press:
CSLI Publications:
Finno-Ugrian Society
Francais Practique
Lodz University, Department of English Language
Pacific Linguistics
Torino, Rosenberge & Sellier
Utrech Institute of Linguistics	

LINGUIST List: Vol-9-1670

More information about the Linguist mailing list