Semantics in Generative Grammar / Edition 1

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Written by two of the leading figures in the field, this is a lucid and systematic introduction to formal semantics.

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"The reader gets the immediate impression that they are beinginvited to contribute to real work, which is inspiring. The styleis easy to read and the exposition of many difficult and confusingtopics is very clear. Semantics in Generative Grammer isreally an advanced introduction, and is a good example ofhow advanced-level texts should be organized...essential reading"Jennifer Spenader, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

"This elegant and thorough text will take the reader throughmany of the advances in linguistic semantics during the past 25years of generative grammar. It is a fine achievement by two of themost prominent researchers, and teachers, of the subject." JamesHigginbotham, University of Oxford

"This book shows that natural language semantics has reached itsmaturity. A careful and enlightening discussion guides the readerthrough the intricacies of argument structure, quantification, andbinding, some of the very central topics in semantics and in thesyntax/semantics interface. Traditional techniques from logic arepresented in a way aimed at bringing out what is really importantto the study of language. An excellent introduction for thelinguist-to-be." Gennaro Chierchia, University ofMilan

"This superb new introduction to formal semantics in linguistictheory helps and invites teh serious beginner to think througharguments among potential alternatives right from the start. It's agreat textbook." Barbara Partee, University ofMassachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631197133
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics Series , #13
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,104,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Heim is Professor of Linguistics at the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology. She is the author of The Semantics ofDefinite and Indefinite Noun Phrases (1987) and, with AngelikaKratzer, is Founder and Editor of Natural LanguageSemantics.

Angelika Kratzer is Professor of Linguistics at theUniversity of Massachusetts at Amherst and, with Irene Heim, isFounder and Editor of Natural Language Semantics.

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Table of Contents


1. Truth-conditional Semantics and the Fregean Program.

2. Executing the Fregean Program.

3. Semantics and Syntax.

4. More of English: Non-verbal Predicates, Modifiers, DefiniteDescriptions.

5. Relative Clauses, Variables, Variable Binding.

6. Quantifiers: Their Semantic Type.

7. Quantification and Grammar.

8. Syntactic and Semantic Constraints on QuantifierMovement.

9. Bound and Referential Pronouns and Ellipsis.

10. Syntactic and Semantic Binding.

11. E-Type Anaphora.

12. First Steps Towards an Intensional Semantics.


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