Indefinites (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs Series)

By: Diesing, Molly

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Lacks jacket. Boards faded and lightly soiled with small sticker remnant on front, top edge lightly foxed. 1992 Hard Cover. xiv, 175, [1] pp. 8vo. Indefinites investigates the relationship between the syntactic and semantic representations of sentences within the framework of generative grammar. It proposes a means of relating government-binding theory, which is primarily syntactic, to the semantic theory of noun phrase interpretation developed by Kamp and Heim, and introduces a novel mapping algorithm that describes the relation between syntactic configurations and logical representations. Diesing focuses on the problem of deriving logical representations from syntactic representations of sentences, with an emphasis on issues of quantification and the interpretation of indefinites. The two central questions addressed are the possible semantic interpretations of indefinites and quantificational noun phrases, and the role played by syntactic representation in deriving the semantic representation of noun phrases. The mapping algorithm used is applied to derive the logical representations of indefinites to a wide range of syntactic and semantic phenomena in German including scrambling, VP-deletion, and extraction from NP. Molly Diesing is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Assistant Research Social Scientist in Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson. CONTENTS: Chapter 1 - Deriving Logical Representations: A Proposal; 2. Initial Evidence in Favor of the Mapping Hypothesis; 3. Tree Splitting and the Interpretation of Indefinites; 4. Presupposition, Extraction, and Logical Form; Notes; References; Index.

Title: Indefinites (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs Series)

Author: Diesing, Molly

Categories: Language, Philosophy,

Publisher: The MIT Press: 1992

ISBN Number: 0262041316

ISBN Number 13: 9780262041317

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

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