Formal analyses in syntax and semantics
Adjectives are comparatively less well studied than the lexical categories of nouns and verbs. The present volume brings together studies in the syntax and semantics of adjectives. Four of the contributions investigate the syntax of adjectives in a variety of languages (English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Serbocroatian). The theoretical issues explored include: the syntax of attributive and predicative adjectives, the syntax of nominalized adjectives and the identification of adjectives as a distinct lexical category in Mandarin Chinese. A further four contributions examine different aspects in the semantics of adjectives in English, French, and Spanish, dealing with superlatives, comparatives, and aspect in adjectives. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students in syntax, formal semantics, and language typology.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 153] 2010. vii, 335 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Adjectives: An introductionPatricia Cabredo Hofherr | pp. 1–26
Part I. Syntax
Syntactic positions of attributive adjectivesNadira Aljović | pp. 29–52
The syntactic differences between long and short forms of Russian adjectivesLeonard H. Babby | pp. 53–84
The name of the adjectiveHagit Borer and Isabelle Roy | pp. 85–114
Adjectives in Mandarin Chinese: The rehabilitation of a much ostracized categoryWaltraud Paul | pp. 115–152
Part II. Semantics
Comparisons of similarity and differencePeter Alrenga | pp. 155–186
Characterizing superlative quantifiersJavier Gutiérrez-Rexach | pp. 187–232
Superlative adjectives and the licensing of non-modal infinitival subject relativesPetra Sleeman | pp. 233–264
Sentential complementation of adjectives in FrenchCatherine Léger | pp. 265–306
Spanish adjectives within boundsRafael Marín | pp. 307–332
Languages index | pp. 333–334
Subject index | pp. 335–336
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General