LINGUIST List 15.3030

Mon Oct 25 2004

Books: Syntax/Semantics/Ling Theories: Kuno, Takami (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Functional Constraints in Grammar: Kuno, Takami (Eds)

Message 1: Functional Constraints in Grammar: Kuno, Takami (Eds)

Date: 25-Oct-2004
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Functional Constraints in Grammar: Kuno, Takami (Eds)

Title: Functional Constraints in Grammar 
 Subtitle: On the unergative-unaccusative distinction 
 Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 1  
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: John Benjamins
 Book URL: ;
 Editor: Susumu Kuno, Harvard University
 Editor: Ken-ichi Takami, Tokyo Metropolitan University
 Hardback: ISBN: 9027218218 Pages: x, 243 pp. Price: Europe EURO 99.00
 Hardback: ISBN: 1588115550 Pages: x, 243 pp. Price: U.S. $ 119.00
 This book examines in detail the acceptability status of sentences in the
 following five English constructions, and elucidates the syntactic,
 semantic, and functional requirements that the constructions must satisfy
 in order to be appropriately used: There-Construction, (One's) Way
 Construction, Cognate Object Construction, Pseudo-Passive Construction, and
 Extraposition from Subject NPs. It has been argued in the frameworks of
 Chomskyan generative grammar, relational grammar, conceptual semantics and
 other syntactic theories that the acceptability of sentences in these
 constructions can be accounted for by the unergative-unaccusative
 distinction of intransitive verbs. However, this book shows through a wide
 range of sentences that none of these constructions is sensitive to this
 distinction. For each construction, it shows that acceptability status is
 determined by a given sentence's semantic function as it interacts with
 syntactic constraints (which are independent of the unergative-unaccusative
 distinction), and with functional constraints that apply to it in its
 discourse context. 
 Table of contents
 Acknowledgement  ix  
 1. Introduction  1-29  
 2. The there-construction and unaccusativity  31-65  
 3. The way construction and unergativity 
 Co-authored with Karen Courtenay and Nan Decker 67-104  
 4. The cognate object construction and unergativity  105-135  
 5. The pseudo-passive construction and unergativity  137-168  
 6. Extraposition from subject NPs and unaccusativity  169-187  
 7. Conclusion  189-197  
 Notes  199-224  
 References  225-233  
 Name index  235  
 Subject index  237 
 Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                      Functional & Systemic Ling
                      Linguistic Theories
 Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
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