Reclaiming Control as a Semantic and Pragmatic Phenomenon

Patrick J. Duffley | Université Laval
ISBN 9789027256560 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027269478 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This monograph is part of a growing research agenda in which semantics and pragmatics not only complement the grammar, but replace it. The analysis is based on the assumption that human language is not primarily about form, but about form-meaning pairings. This runs counter to the autonomous-syntax postulate underlying Landau (2013)’s Control in Generative Grammar that form must be hived off from meaning and studied separately. Duffley shows control to depend on meaning in combination with inferences based on the nature of the events expressed by the matrix and complement, the matrix subject, the semantic relation between matrix and complement, and a number of other factors.
The conclusions call for a reconsideration of Ariel (2010)’s distinction in Defining Pragmatics between semantics and pragmatics on the basis of cancelability: many control readings are not cancelable although they are pragmatically inferred. It is proposed that the line be drawn rather between what is linguistically expressed and what is not linguistically expressed but still communicated.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 251] 2014.  x, 246 pp.
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“Patrick Duffley’s Reclaiming Control as a Semantic and Pragmatic Phenomenon is an excellent piece of research which is part of a growing research agenda where semantic and pragmatic accounts not only complement the grammar, but actually replace it. It successfully covers a vast and complex range of empirical data, yet manages to offer a simple, highly commonsensical analysis for a phenomenon that has preoccupied many linguists for many years.”
“Professor Duffley’s new book advances our understanding of control in a significant way. The book covers an impressively large number of control constructions and the author opens up new perspectives on the question by using electronic corpora, thus bringing to light previously unknown data.”
“This book provides an insightful and thorough analysis of one of the most discussed phenomena in modern Linguistics. Duffley clearly demonstrates that a combination of semantic and pragmatic considerations convincingly explains the various properties of control constructions. Beyond its importance to the study of control, this book will be valuable to any linguist interested in the semantic and syntactic behavior of grammatical constructions.”
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2019. Introduction. In Variation in Non-finite Constructions in English,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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