The Composition of Meaning

From lexeme to discourse

| University of Groningen
| University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027247698 (Eur) | EUR 99.00
ISBN 9781588115683 (USA) | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027295101 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
In the modular design of generative theory the syntax–semantics interface has accounted all along for meanings at the level of Logical Form. The syntax–pragmatics interface, on the other hand, is the result of what one may call the ‘pragmatic turn’ in the linguistic theory, where content is partitioned into given and new information. In other words, the structural division of the clause has been subjected to criteria of information, or discourse structure. Both interfaces require a structurally descriptive inventory whose specific shapes can be motivated on theory-internal grounds only. The present collection of original articles develops the concept of these interfaces further. The papers in the first section focus on the syntax–semantics interface, those in the second section on the syntax–pragmatics interface.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 255]  2004.  vi, 232 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The composition of meaning
Alice G.B. ter Meulen and Werner Abraham
I. Mapping syntactic structure to meaning
Coordination in morphology and syntax: The case of copulative compounds
Susan Olsen
Aspect, infinitival complements, and evidentials
Elly van Gelderen
The problem of unintelligibility
Helen de Hoop
VP-internal subjects as ‘unaccusatives’: Burzio’s ‘Object Account’ vs. the ‘Perfectivity Account’
Werner Abraham
II. Mapping meaning to information structure
Either, both and neither in coordinate structures
Petra Hendriks
Information structure meetsMinimalist syntax: On argument order and case morphology in Bavarian
Helmut Weiß
Focus particles, sentence meaning, and discourse structure
Klaus von Heusinger
On the interpretation of multiple negation in spoken and written Afrikaans
László Molnárfi
“[...] a welcome addition to the body of research on the syntax-sementics and syntax pragmatics interfaces.”
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