A Notional Theory of Syntactic Categories available in Hardcover
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This book presents an innovative theory of syntactic categories and the lexical classes they define. It revives the traditional idea that these are to be distinguished notionally (semantically). The author proposes a notation based on semantic features that accounts for the syntactic behavior of classes. The book also presents a case for considering this classificationagain in a rather traditional veinto be basic to determining the syntactic structure of sentences.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of abbreviations; Part I. Prelude: 1. Notionalism; 2. Analogism; 3. Minimalism; Part II. Fundamentals of a Notional Theory: 4. Syntactic categories and notional features; 5. Relations between elements; 6. Further categories: the role of feature dependencies; 7. Markedness and category continuity; 8. Cross-classification; 9. Gradience and second-order categories; 10. Secondary categories; 11. Non-complements; Part III. The Syntax of Categories: 12. Verbal valencies; 13. The content of the functor category; 14. The basic syntax of predications; 15. The formation of ditransitives; 16. Variation in argument structure; 17. Verbals as arguments; 18. The structure of primary arguments; References, Index.