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LINGUIST List 19.1202

Wed Apr 09 2008

Books: Syntax/Semantics/Ling Theories: Pereltsvaig

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        1.    Jasper de Vaal, Copular Sentences in Russian: Pereltsvaig


Message 1: Copular Sentences in Russian: Pereltsvaig
Date: 08-Apr-2008
From: Jasper de Vaal <jasper.devaalspringer.com>
Subject: Copular Sentences in Russian: Pereltsvaig
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Title: Copular Sentences in Russian
Subtitle: A Theory of Intra-Clausal Relations
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Published: 2008
Publisher: Springer
                http://www.springer.com

Book URL: http://www.springer.com/978-1-4020-5794-6

Author: Asya Pereltsvaig
Paperback: ISBN: 9781402057946 Pages: 166 Price: U.S. $ 69.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781402057946 Pages: 166 Price: U.K. £ 38.50
Paperback: ISBN: 9781402057946 Pages: 166 Price: Europe EURO 49.95
Abstract:

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.

*A novel account of copular sentences in Russian
*Focus on nominative-instrumental case alternations
*Subtle semantic distinctions between copular types reconsidered
*Clear and concise overview of previous literature about copular sentences
in Russian

This book provides a detailed study and a novel Minimalist account of
copular sentences in Russian, focusing on case marking alternations
(nominative vs. instrumental) and drawing a distinction between two types
of copular sentences.

On the assumption that Merge is defined in the simplest way possible, it is
argued that not all syntactic structures are a(nti)symmetrical. One of the
copular sentence types is analyzed as a poster child for symmetrical
structures, while the other type is treated as asymmetrical. The
originality of this study lies in treating the copula in the two types of
copular sentences neither as completely identical nor as two distinct
lexical items; instead, the two types of copula are derived through the
process of semantic bleaching. Furthermore, it is argued that the two types
of the copula need to combine with post-copular phrases of different
categories. It is concluded that Russian draws a distinction between
saturated DPs and unsaturated NPs, in spite of its renowned lack of overt
articles.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng )

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