Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P

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| Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
| Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
| Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
| Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
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The category P belongs to a less studied area in theoretical linguistics, which has only recently attracted considerable attention. This volume brings together pioneering work on adpositions in spatial relations from different theoretical and cross-linguistic perspectives. The common theme in these contributions is the complex semantic and syntactic structure of PPs. Analyses are presented in several different frameworks and approaches, including generative syntax, optimality theoretic semantics and syntax, formal semantics, mathematical modeling, lexical syntax, and pragmatics. Among the languages featured in detail are English, German, Hebrew, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, and Persian. This volume will be of interest to students and researchers of formal semantics, syntax and language typology, as well as scholars with a more general interest in spatial cognition.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 120]  2008.  vi, 416 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Syntax and semantics of spatial P
Anna Asbury, Berit Gehrke, Henk van Riemsdijk and Joost Zwarts
1–32
Part I. The general architecture of spatial PPs
33
The fine structure of spatial expressions
Marcus Kracht
35–62
Projections of P
Peter Svenonius
63–84
Priorities in the production of prepositions
Joost Zwarts
85–102
The grammar of complex particle phrases in English
Bert Cappelle
103–145
Part II. Expressions of directionality
147
The correspondence between directionality and transitivity
Sander Lestrade
149–174
Pragmatic factors and variation in the expression of spatial goals: The case of into vs. in
Tatiana Nikitina
175–109
Complex PPs in Italian
Raffaella Folli
197–220
On the l-syntax of directionality/resultativity: The case of Germanic preverbs
Jaume Mateu
221–250
Part III. Locative PPs
251
The distribution and interpretation of adjunct locative PPs
Naoko Tomioka
253–272
Aspect inside PLACE PPs
Christina Tortora
273–301
Part IV. Silent Ps
303
The place of PLACE in Persian
Marina Pantcheva
305–330
Why are they different? An exploration of Hebrew locative PPs
Irena Botwinik-Rotem
331–364
Silent prepositions: Evidence from free relatives
Ivano Caponigro and Lisa Pearl
365–385
Part V. Grammaticalisation
387
The grammaticalization of prepositional markers in Igbo: The example of the verb root -nyé 'give'
Chinedu Uchechukwu
398–407
Index of languages, dialects, and language families
409
Index of authors
411–413
Index of subjects
415–416
“This splendid spectrum of studies offers a balanced and comprehensive perspective on the syntax and semantics of a surprisingly little-studied lexical category: the adposition. Focusing on the internal structure of spatial adpositional phrases, this volume brings together a variety of different ways of looking at the spatial PP, with interesting connections and valuable points of convergence between the individual case studies. The range of languages covered (including, besides the familiar suspects from Germanic and Romance, such typologically diverse languages as Hebrew, Igbo, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Zapotec) is impressive and significant; so is the variety of analytical approaches, with cartography, the 'syntax of silence', corpus-based research, pragmatics, formal semantics, and optimality-theoretic work all being represented. One of the central themes pervading this collection of studies is the role and (language-internal as well as cross-linguistic) distribution of functional categories and functional structure in the syntax and semantics of spatial constructs -- including the question of whether adpositions (and particles) are themselves to be treated as lexical or functional elements, or as a mixed, hybrid category, or a mixed bag of heterogeneous elements. This timely and well-crafted volume, the fruit of a productive workshop organized by the editors, pays tribute to the important work that has been done in recent years on the structure of spatial Ps -- indispensable fare for all syntacticians and semanticists, because of the many ways in which the structures projected by spatial Ps inform the analysis of other major constituents. Spatial adpositions are at last getting the attention they deserve.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007052074