24.1981, Books: Nonverbal Predication: Roy

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Subject: Nonverbal Predication: Roy

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Title: Nonverbal Predication 
Subtitle: Copular Sentences at the Syntax-Semantics Interface 
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199543557.do 


Author: Isabelle Roy

Hardback: ISBN:  9780199543540 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9780199543557 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 29.99


Abstract:

This book considers the syntax and semantics of non-verbal predicates (i.e.,
nominal, adjectival and prepositional predicates) in copular sentences.
Isabelle Roy explores how a single structure for predication can account for
the different interpretations of non-verbal predicates. The book departs from
earlier studies by arguing in favor of a ternary distinction between defining
/ characterizing / situation-descriptive predicates rather than the more
common stage-level/individual distinction. The distinction is based on two
semantic criteria, namely maximality (i.e., whether the predicate describes an
eventuality that has spatio-temporal properties or not) and density (i.e.
whether the spatio-temporal properties are perceived as atomic or not). The
author argues in favor of a strong correlation between the semantics
properties of predicates and their internal syntactic structure. Her analysis
accounts for seemingly unrelated cross-linguistic data: the indefinite article
in French, the distribution of the two copulas 'ser'/'estar' in Spanish, and
case marking on Russian predicates.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                     Russian (rus)
                     Spanish (spa)


Written In: English  (eng)

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