Reclaiming Control as a Semantic and Pragmatic Phenomenon

| Université Laval
ISBN 9789027256560 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027269478 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Linguistic semantics and pragmatics – what is said and what is not
Chapter 2. The phenomenon of control
Chapter 3. The meaning of the to-infinitive and of the gerund-participle
Chapter 4. Control with the infinitive and gerund-participle in subject function
Chapter 5. Control with the infinitive and gerund-participle as direct complement of another verb
Chapter 6. Control in structures with non-finite verb forms in both subject and complement functions
Chapter 7. Control in adjective + to-infinitive constructions
Chapter 8. Control in verb + NP + to-infinitive constructions
Chapter 9. Control in verb + to + gerund-participle vs. verb + to + infinitive constructions
Chapter 10. Control in constructions composed of matrix verb + deverbal noun
Chapter 11. Particular issues raised by other approaches to control
Chapter 12. Control in French
Conclusion: Human language as the place where mind meets matter
Subject index
“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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