Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse

Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse

by Louise McNally
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199211612

ISBN-13: 9780199211616

Pub. Date: 06/02/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press


In this volume leading researchers present new work on the semantics and pragmatics of adjectives and adverbs, and their interfaces with syntax. Its concerns include the semantics of gradability; the relationship between adjectival scales and verbal aspect; the relationship between meaning and the positions of adjectives and adverbs in nominal and verbal…  See more details below

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In this volume leading researchers present new work on the semantics and pragmatics of adjectives and adverbs, and their interfaces with syntax. Its concerns include the semantics of gradability; the relationship between adjectival scales and verbal aspect; the relationship between meaning and the positions of adjectives and adverbs in nominal and verbal projections; and the fine-grained semantics of different subclasses of adverbs and adverbs. Its goals are to provide a comprehensive vision of the linguistically significant structural and interpretive properties of adjectives and adverbs, to highlight the similarities between these two categories, and to signal the importance of a careful and detailed integration of lexical and compositional semantics.

The editors open the book with an overview of current research before introducing and contextualizing the remaining chapters. The work is aimed at scholars and advanced students of syntax, semantics, formal pragmatics, and discourse. It will also appeal to researchers in philosophy, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition interested in the syntax and semantics of adjectives and adverbs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199211616
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Series:
Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics Series, #19
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

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1 Introduction Louise McNally McNally, Louise Christopher Kennedy Kennedy, Christopher 1

2 The position of adjectives and other phrasal modifiers in the decomposition of DP Peter Svenonius Svenonius, Peter 16

3 Ezafe and the deep position of nominal modifiers Richard Larson Larson, Richard Hiroko Yamakido Yamakido, Hiroko 43

4 Meaning - form correlations and adjective position in Spanish Violeta Demonte Demonte, Violeta 71

5 Nonrestrictive modifiers in non-parenthetical positions Marcin Morzycki Morzycki, Marcin 101

6 Adjectives and degree modification Jenny Doetjes Doetjes, Jenny 123

7 Measure of change: The adjectival core of degree achievements Christopher Kennedy Kennedy, Christopher Beth Levin Levin, Beth 156

8 Aspectual composition with degrees Christopher Pinon Pinon, Christopher 183

9 Manner modification of state verbs Graham Katz Katz, Graham 220

10 Towards flexible types with constraints for manner and factive adverbs Adam Zachary Wyner Wyner, Adam Zachary 249

11 Lexical semantics and pragmatics of evaluative adverbs Olivier Bonami Bonami, Olivier Daniele Godard Godard, Daniele 274

12 Discourse adjectives Gina Taranto Taranto, Gina 305

Bibliography 329

Index 351

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