Universals and variation
This volume brings together recent work on the formal and interpretational properties of determiners across a variety of typologically and geographically unrelated languages. It seeks to answer the core question of modern linguistic theory: Which properties of languages are universal and which are variable? In recent theorizing, much of language variation is argued to stem from differences in the properties of features associated with functional heads. As such, this volume can be viewed as a case study of one such category: the determiner (D). The contributions all investigate the status of D as a language universal by examining the language-specific syntactic and semantic properties associated with this category. This volume will appeal to researchers and students in syntax and semantics, as well as to those who have more a specific interest in determiners and noun phrases.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 147] 2009. vii, 247 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments | pp. i–viii
Determiners: Universals and variationJila Ghomeshi, Ileana Paul and Martina Wiltschko | pp. 1–22
Part I. The features of determiners
What’s in a determiner and how did it get there?Martina Wiltschko | pp. 25–66
The proper D connectionJila Ghomeshi and Diane Massam | pp. 67–96
Argumenthood, pronouns, and nominal feature geometryElizabeth Cowper and Daniel Currie Hall | pp. 97–120
Part II. The function of determiners
From local blocking to Cyclic Agree: The role and meaning of determiners in the history of FrenchEric Mathieu | pp. 123–158
Kinds of predicates and reference to kinds in HebrewKeren Tonciulescu | pp. 159–174
Part III. Definiteness and beyond
The semantic core of determiners: Evidence from Sḵwxwú7meshCarrie Gillon | pp. 177–214
On the presence versus absence of determiners in MalagasyIleana Paul | pp. 215–242
Index | pp. 243–248
“This volume represents a wonderful contribution to our understanding of the role and nature of determiners in a crosslinguistic perspective, and is undoubtedly a valuable handbook for all those who are interested in contributing to the solution of the issues related to the category in question.”
Rostyslav Bilous, University of Toronto, in Revue canadienne de linguistique / Canadian Journal of Linguistics 56(1): 128–130, 2011
“This book is highly recommended to anyone interested in the syntax, semantics or morphology of determiners, or DPs in general. Beyond the specific theoretical analyses proposed by the authors, the wealth of cross-linguistic data, mostly from non-Indo-European languages, makes this book an excellent resource for researchers working in a variety of theoretical frameworks. I believe that the main contribution of this volume is in the thorough and explicit way in which it demonstrates the extent to which simplistic views of determiners, often taken for granted in the linguistic literature, fail to capture the actual complexity of the facts.”
Gabi Danon, Bar Ilan University, in Journal of Linguistics 47: 509-513, 2011
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