LINGUIST List 10.1113

Wed Jul 21 1999

Books: Syntax

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  1. Lisa Natascha Barrett, Syntax: Consequences of Antisymmetry, V. Bianchi
  2. Lisa Natascha Barrett, Correction regarding LINGUIST Books: 10.1109

Message 1: Syntax: Consequences of Antisymmetry, V. Bianchi

Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 09:27:04 +0200
From: Lisa Natascha Barrett <BarrettdeGruyter.com>
Subject: Syntax: Consequences of Antisymmetry, V. Bianchi

Valentina Bianchi
Consequences of Antisymmetry
Headed Relative Clauses
1999. 23 x 15,5 cm. XIII, 357 pages.
Cloth. DM 178,--/oeS 1299,--/sFr 158,--/approx. US$ 111.00
ISBN 3-11-016250-4
(Studies in Generative Grammar 46)

This book discusses the consequences of the Antisymmetry
Theory (Kayne 1994) for the syntax of headed relative
clauses. It elaborates a 'raising' analysis and provides
evidence in support of it. All the major aspects of the
syntax of relative clauses are reduced to basic properties
of the proposed constituent structure, yielding a fairly
compact and elegant analysis. In particular, the discussion
centers on the following issues: (i) evidence in support of
the raising analysis (ii) morpho-syntactic properties of
relative pronouns (iii) diachronic and typological
correlation with other relativization strategies (iv)
distinguishing properties of restrictive versus appositive
relatives (v) Doubly Filled Comp effects (vi) diachronic and
dialectal variation in the complementizer system of relative
clauses (vii) stacking, coordination and extraposition.
It is argued that the raising analysis is superior to the
traditional adjunct analysis both in empirical consequences
and in conceptual economy. On the theoretical side, this
suggests that the Antisymmetry theory, though more
restrictive than the standard X-bar theory, correctly
characterizes the class of possible constituent structures.

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Message 2: Correction regarding LINGUIST Books: 10.1109

Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 16:45:11 +0200
From: Lisa Natascha Barrett <BarrettdeGruyter.com>
Subject: Correction regarding LINGUIST Books: 10.1109

[The text beginning with "For additional reading" has been updated
to promote the paperback versions of these texts.]

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
theory.

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, available in paperback:

Dik, Simon C: The Theory of Functional Grammar. Ed. by
Hengeveld, Kees. 
Mouton de Gruyter. 

Part 1: The Structure of the Clause. 2. rev. ed. 1997.
XX, 509 pages. Paperback.
DM 58,--/oeS 423,--/sFr 53,--/approx. US$ 36.00.
ISBN 3-11-015403-X 

Part 2: Complex and Derived Constructions. 1997.
XX, 477 pages. Paperback.
DM 58,--/oeS 423,--/sFr 53,--/approx. US$ 36.00.
ISBN 3-11-015405-6 
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