Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 7, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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Language is a system of communication in which grammatical structures function to express meaning in context. While all languages can achieve the same basic communicative ends, they each use different means to achieve them, particularly in the divergent ways that syntax, semantics and pragmatics interact across languages. This book looks in detail at how structure, meaning, and communicative function interact in human languages. Working within the framework of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG), Van Valin proposes a set of rules, called the 'linking algorithm', which relates syntactic and semantic representations to each other, with discourse-pragmatics playing a role in the linking. Using this model, he discusses the full range of grammatical phenomena, including the structures of simple and complex sentences, verb and argument structure, voice, reflexivization and extraction restrictions. Clearly written and comprehensive, this book will be welcomed by all those working on the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
  

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Contents

Introduction I
1
Lexical representation and semantic roles
31
Information structure
68
Syntactic relations and case marking
89
Linking syntactic and semantic representations
128
The structure of complex sentences
183
Linking syntax and semantics in complex sentences
225
References
294
Languages index
304
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Robert D. Van Valin Jr is Professor and Chair of Linguistics at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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