Crosslinguistic Studies on Noun Phrase Structure and Reference

Crosslinguistic Studies on Noun Phrase Structure and Reference


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CrosslinguisticStudies on Noun Phrase Structure and Reference contains 11 studies on the grammar of noun phrases. Part One explore NP-Structure and the impact of information structure, countability and number marking on interpretation, using data from Russian, Armenian, Hebrew, Brazilian Portuguese, Karitiana, Turkish, English, Catalan and Danish. Part Two examines language specific definiteness marking in Germanic, double definiteness in Greek, adnominal demonstratives in Japanese, 'weak' definiteness in Martiniké and the special referring options made available by signing. Part Three examines the second-language acquisition of genericity in English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students in syntax, formal semantics, and language acquisition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004260825
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2013
Series: Syntax and Semantics , #39
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Patricia Cabredo Hofherr is a researcher at the CNRS in Paris. She has published on referential impersonal pronouns, passives, adjectives and preposition-determiner contractions and co-edited Verbal plurality and distributivity (2012).
Anne Zribi-Hertz is Professor of French and comparative syntax at Université Paris 8. She has written or (co-)edited several books and written many articles on French, English, and various other languages including Attie, Korean, Wolof, and French-based creoles.

Contributors include: Željko Bošković, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, Edit Doron, Nomi Erteschik Shir, Brigitte Garcia, Elaine Grolla, Tania Ionin, Loïc Jean-Louis, Makoto Kaneko, Marika Lekakou, Silvina Montrul, Ana Müller, Asya Pereltsvaig, Marie-Anne Sallandre, Helade Santos, Serkan Şener, Rebekka Studler, Kriszta Szendröi, Anne Zribi-Hertz.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Biographies viii

Introduction Patricia Cabredo Hofherr Anne Zribi-Hertz 1

Part 1 Noun Phrase Syntax and Interpretation: In Search of Crosslinguistic Regularities

Information Structure and (In)definiteness Nomi Erteschik-Shir 23

On Number and Numberlessness in Languages with and without Articles Asya Pereltsvaig 52

The Cognitive Basis of the Mass-Count Distinction: Evidence from Bare Nouns Edit Doron Ana Müller 73

The Turkish NP Zeijko Boškovic Serkan Sener 102

Part 2 Definiteness and Definiteness Markers across Languages

The Morphology, Syntax and Semantics of Definite Determiners in Swiss German Rebekka Studler 143

Reduced Definite Articles with Restrictive Relative Clauses Patricia Cabredo Hofherr 172

When Determiners Abound: Implications for the Encoding of Definiteness Marika Lekakou Kriszta Szendroi 212

The Semantics and Syntax of Japanese Adnominal Demonstratives Makoto Kaneko 239

From Noun to Name: On Definiteness Marking in Modern Martinikè Anne Zribi-Hertz Loïc Jean-Louis 269

Reference Resolution in French Sign Language: The Effects of the Visuo-Gestual Modality Brigitte Garcia Marie-Anne Sallandre 316

Part 3 Noun Phrase Interpretation and Second-Language Acquisition

When Articles Have Different Meanings: Acquiring the Expression of Genericity in English and Brazilian Portuguese Tania Ionin Elaine Grolla Silvina Montrul Hélade Santos 367

Index 399

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