21.4797, Books: Pragmatics/Semantics/Syntax: Butler

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From: Jessica Davis [jdavis at emeraldinsight.com]
Subject: The Semantics of Grammatical Dependencies: Butler
 

	
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Title: The Semantics of Grammatical Dependencies 
Series Title: Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface  

Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
	   http://www.emeraldinsight.com/
	

Book URL: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Semantics-Grammatical-Dependencies-pragmatics-Interface/dp/1849509883/ref=sr 


Author: Alastair Butler

Hardback: ISBN:  9781849509886 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 62.95


Abstract:

"The Semantics of Grammatical Dependencies" argues that constraints of 
interaction from semantic evaluations enforce grammatical dependency 
patterns that recur across natural languages and within constructions at intra 
and inter sentential levels as well as discourse levels. The book develops 
along three lines. Firstly, a handle is gained on why languages are structured 
around localities, with localities functioning as actions of 'reset' to permit the 
reuse of grammatical resources that maintain a fixed semantic contribution. 
Secondly, sensitivity is brought to the linear and hierarchical placement of 
scope information to capture ordering effects like accessibility, crossover and 
intervention. Thirdly, an interestingly different perspective is reached on what 
it means to be grammatical: rather than being a destructive feature that bans 
or filters out bad structure, grammaticality takes on a role of constructive 
guidance that keeps languages to what are generally unambiguous canonical 
forms that moreover guarantee required dependencies. 

The book will be of interest to advanced undergraduate students, post-
graduate and research students and all researchers in the formal analysis of 
the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of natural language.

Table of Contents
1 - Introduction
2 - Argument Dependencies
3 - Clause Dependencies
4 - Unbounded Dependencies
5 - Intervention and Binding into Relations
6 - Quantification in Japanese
7 - Concluding Remarks

For more information, and to discuss review copies or adoption of the book, 
please contact jdavis at emeraldinsight.com 



Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                     Semantics
                     Syntax


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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