Formal analyses in syntax and semantics

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  • Editors: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr1, and Ora Matushansky2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027288349

Adjectives are comparatively less well studied than the lexical categories of nouns and verbs. The present volume brings together studies in the syntax and semantics of adjectives. Four of the contributions investigate the syntax of adjectives in a variety of languages (English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Serbocroatian). The theoretical issues explored include: the syntax of attributive and predicative adjectives, the syntax of nominalized adjectives and the identification of adjectives as a distinct lexical category in Mandarin Chinese. A further four contributions examine different aspects in the semantics of adjectives in English, French, and Spanish, dealing with superlatives, comparatives, and aspect in adjectives. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students in syntax, formal semantics, and language typology.

Subjects: Semantics; Theoretical linguistics; Syntax; Generative linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: CNRS / University of Paris 8; 2: University of Utrecht

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