Investigations of the Syntax–Semantics–Pragmatics Interface

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  • Editor: Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027290335

<i>Investigations of the Syntax-Semantics-Pragmatics Interface</i> presents on-going research in Role and Reference Grammar in a number of critical areas of linguistic theory: verb semantics and argument structure, the nature of syntactic categories and syntactic representation, prosody and syntax, information structure and syntax, and the syntax and semantics of complex sentences. In each of these areas there are important results which not only advance the development of the theory, but also contribute to the broader theoretical discussion. In particular, there are analyses of grammatical phenomena such as transitivity in Kabardian, the verb-less numeral quantifier construction in Japanese, and an unusual kind of complex sentence in Wari’ (Chapakuran, Brazil) which not only illustrate the descriptive and explanatory power of the theory, but also present interesting challenges to other approaches. In addition, there are papers looking at the implications and applications of Role and Reference Grammar for neurolinguistic research, parsing and automated text analysis.

Subjects: Semantics; Theoretical linguistics; Pragmatics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf & University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

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