Intransitive Predication

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 771 pages
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Stassen makes a major contribution to the study of language typology with Intransitive Predication. Basing his analysis on a sample of 410 languages, he presents a universally applicable model for defining the domain of intransitive predication in natural languages. Intransitive predicates are defined in terms of four domains: events (Sarah is walking), classes (Sarah is a secretary), properties (Sarah is tall), and locations (Sarah is in the garden).
  

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Contents

The Verbal and the Locational Strategy
24
The Nominal Strategy
62
The Typology of Intransitive Predication
121
AdjectiveSwitching
155
Nominal and Locational Switching
207
VerbSwitching
242
Multiple Switching and Complex Cases
305
Adjectives and the Tensedness Parameter
343
Evaluation and Explanation
568
The Model of Intransitive Predicate Encoding
577
Conclusion
611
Notes
617
Appendices
667
B Typological Classification of the Sample
675
Alphabetical Listing of the Sample
709
References
733

Tensed Languages
359
NonTensed Languages
422
Problematic Cases
492

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About the author (2003)

Leon Stassen is a senior lecturer in the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Nijmegen , The Netherlands.

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