Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P
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 PAnna Asbury, Berit Gehrke, Henk van Riemsdijk and Joost Zwarts | pp. 1–32
Part I. The general architecture of spatial PPs
The fine structure of spatial expressionsMarcus Kracht | pp. 35–62
Projections of PPeter Svenonius | pp. 63–84
Priorities in the production of prepositionsJoost Zwarts | pp. 85–102
The grammar of complex particle phrases in EnglishBert Cappelle | pp. 103–145
Part II. Expressions of directionality
The correspondence between directionality and transitivitySander Lestrade | pp. 149–174
Pragmatic factors and variation in the expression of spatial goals: The case of into vs. inTatiana Nikitina | pp. 175–109
Complex PPs in ItalianRaffaella Folli | pp. 197–220
On the l-syntax of directionality/resultativity: The case of Germanic preverbsJaume Mateu | pp. 221–250
Part III. Locative PPs
The distribution and interpretation of adjunct locative PPsNaoko Tomioka | pp. 253–272
Aspect inside PLACE PPsChristina Tortora | pp. 273–301
Part IV. Silent Ps
The place of PLACE in PersianMarina Pantcheva | pp. 305–330
Why are they different? An exploration of Hebrew locative PPsIrena Botwinik-Rotem | pp. 331–364
Silent prepositions: Evidence from free relativesIvano Caponigro and Lisa Pearl | pp. 365–385
Part V. Grammaticalisation
The grammaticalization of prepositional markers in Igbo: The example of the verb root -nyé 'give'Chinedu Uchechukwu | pp. 398–407
Index of languages, dialects, and language families | p. 409
Index of authors | pp. 411–413
Index of subjects | pp. 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.”
Marcel den Dikken, City University of New York
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General