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LINGUIST List 18.1254

Thu Apr 26 2007

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Yoon

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Small Clause Constructions in Spanish: Yoon

Message 1: Small Clause Constructions in Spanish: Yoon
Date: 23-Apr-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Small Clause Constructions in Spanish: Yoon

Title: Small Clause Constructions in Spanish
Subtitle: A semantic-functional account
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 48
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Jiyoung Yoon
Loose Leaf: ISBN: 9783895869891 Pages: 183 Price: Europe EURO 66.00

The present semantic-functional study analyzes small clauses in Spanish in
terms of the semantics of main verbs, small clause predicates, direct
objects, and subjects, taking Hopper & Thompson's (1980) Transitivity
Hypothesis as a theoretical basis. The author argues that the licensing of
the small clauses in adjunct position is not dependent solely on one factor
as is believed by many linguists. Rather, it depends on the interaction
among the semantic properties of the elements of a sentence, i.e., verbs,
adjunct predicates, subjects, and objects. These elements interact in such
a way that they, as a whole, confer higher or lower Transitivity to a given
sentence, which in turn allows or disallows adjunct predicates. If those
elements are higher on the Transitivity hierarchy, adjunct predicates
receive a felicitous interpretation in a given sentence. If, however, the
adjunct is lower on the hierarchy, that is, if it is an individual-level
adjunct, it is ill-formed.

Moreover, Yoon argues that the licensing of small clauses in complement
position can also be accounted for by the Transitivity Hypothesis. More
specifically, applying to small clause complements the distinction between
individual-level vs. stage-level elements, the author argues that a
felicitous interpretation of a small-clause complement depends crucially on
whether the stage-level (higher in Transitivity) or individual-level (lower
in Transitivity) property of a given verb co-varies with the stage-level or
individual-level property of its corresponding small-clause complement.

The study thus supports the view that the licensing of small clauses is
better understood in terms of the compatibility of interacting semantic
properties among sentential elements rather than in terms of discrete
features that do not interact.

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1. Previous Approaches to Small Clauses
1. Introduction
2. Debate Between Small Clause Theory and Predication Theory
2.1 SC Theory
2.2 Predication Theory
3. Classification/Range of Small Clauses
3.1 Evolution of the Concept of Small Clauses
3.2 Classification of SCs for Spanish
3.2.3 Summary
3.3 Syntactic Tests to Distinguish Complement SCs from Adjunct SCs
4. Conclusion

Chapter 2. Theoretical Background
1. Introduction
2. Lexical Aspects and Vendler's Categories
3. Stage-Level Versus Individual-Level Predicates
4. The Functionalist Approach and Prototypes
5. The Transitivity Hypothesis

For the complete table of contents, please see http://www.lincom.eu/

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng )

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