LINGUIST List 10.1109

Mon Jul 19 1999

Books: Syntax/Semantics

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  1. Lisa Natascha Barrett, Syntax, Semantics: Constructing a Lexicon of English Verbs

Message 1: Syntax, Semantics: Constructing a Lexicon of English Verbs

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 13:57:50 +0200
From: Lisa Natascha Barrett <>
Subject: Syntax, Semantics: Constructing a Lexicon of English Verbs

Pamela Faber and Ricardo Mairal Uson
Constructing a Lexicon of English Verbs
1999. 23 x 15,5 cm. XXII, 350 pages.
Cloth. DM 178,--/oeS 1299,--/sFr 158,--/approx. US$ 111.00
ISBN 3-11-016416-7
(Functional Grammar Series 23)

The aim of the book is to give an account of the English verbal
lexicon, which not only systematizes the meanings of lexemes within a
hierarchical framework, but also demonstrates the principled
connections between meaning, and the syntactic complementation
patterns of verbs on the one hand and patterns of conceptualization in
the human mind on the other. This endeavor is entirely compatible with
the tendency towards lexically-based approaches in modern grammatical

The authors offer a detailed description of the two theoretical models
used, Simon Dik's Functional Grammar, and Martin Mingorance's
Functional-Lexematic Model. They argue that a paradigmatic
organization of the lexicon into domains and subdomains is the basis
for predicting the syntagmatic behavior of lexemes, insofar as this is
represented in syntactic complementation patterns. Throughout the
book, methods are explained and arguments made, through the analysis
of a wide range of semantic domains and their attendant syntax. An
important claim is that the greater the semantic scope of a lexeme,
the greater is its variation in syntactic behavior.

A key concept in the description of the relationship between lexical
structure and cognition is that of the predicate schema, which
integrates paradigmatic and syntagmatic information about an
individual lexeme, a lexical subdomain, or a whole domain. Predicate
schemas represent the links between the lexical macrostructure and
individual lexemes. This book presents a thought-provoking,
challenging, and at times controversial account of lexical patterning
and its relationship with meaning, syntax, and cognition.

For additional reading:

Simon C. Dik: The Theory of Functional Grammar. Ed. by
Hengeveld, Kees. 23.0 x 15.5 cm. 2 vols. Available only in a
set. Cplt. approx. 1026 p. Mouton de Gruyter. Cloth.
DM 396,--/oeS 2891,--/sFr 352,--/approx. US$ 248.00.
ISBN 3-11-015539-7
(Functional Grammar Series, 20/21)

Part 1: The Structure of the Clause. 2nd rev. ed. 1997.
23.0 x 15.5 cm. XX, 509 p. 7 fig. 16 tab. Mouton de Gruyter.
Cloth. DM 198,--/oeS 1445,--/sFr 176,--/approx. US$ 124.00.
ISBN 3-11-015404-8
(Functional Grammar Series, 20) 

Part 2: Complex and Derived Constructions. 1997.
23.0 x 15.5 cm. XX, 477 p. 1 fig. 4 tab. Mouton
de Gruyter.
Cloth. DM 198,--/oeS 1445,--/sFr 176,--/ approx. US$ 124.00.
ISBN 3-11-015406-4
(Functional Grammar Series, 21)

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