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By John M. Anderson

ISBN-10: 019929707X

ISBN-13: 9780199297078

ISBN-10: 1429491973

ISBN-13: 9781429491976

This publication addresses primary matters in linguistic concept, together with the relation among formal and cognitive techniques, the autonomy of syntax, and the content material of common grammar. Professor Anderson specializes in the grammar of case kinfolk and, after a serious background of recent grammars of case, explores unresolved concerns within the box, together with the measure to which syntactic different types are grounded in that means and the concept of linguistic creativity. He sheds new gentle at the interactions among which means and grammar. His argument will curiosity linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists.

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There are reasons for thinking that Place and Time, for instance, are composites (phrases) that have in common their relational structure: relationally, they are both instances of location in diVerent dimensions, as is discussed later. It’s the substance of the dimension rather than the relation in which they diVer; and for (22) it is the former which is relevant to the syntax. But such relations themselves also have a syntax, as well as these composites. Let me give a preliminary illustration—though what follows will illustrate this in some depth.

Kitagawa 1986; Speas 1986; Rosen 1990; Koopman and Sportiche 1991). 3 ‘Cases’ and the subject-selection hierarchy (4a) and (b) diVer in their subject selection because the Agentive argument is preferred as a subject over the Objective: there is a hierarchy of semantic relations with respect to selection as subject. (7) gives the relevant sub-part, where A outranks O: (7) Subject selection hierarchy: A > O Passive sentences represent, as noted, a ‘marked’ option where the abnormal elevation of the lower-ranking O is signalled by the presence of Be and the verb morphology.

John gave my brother the books c. The books were given to my brother d. My brother was given the books Let’s assume for present purposes, consistent with analyses of the time, that they do. 3). We can see already that Dative and Objective are (in some sense) ‘alternative objects’, however, as revealed by (8a) vs. (b). These selections of ‘primary object’ (Dryer 1986), closest to the verb, correspond to diVerent passives, (8c) and (d) respectively. The Dative outranks the Objective as a ‘primary object’.

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