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LINGUIST List 21.2609

Tue Jun 15 2010

Books: Pragmatics/Semantics/Syntax: Le Bruyn

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        1.    Mariëtte Bonenkamp, Indefinite Articles and Beyond: Le Bruyn

Message 1: Indefinite Articles and Beyond: Le Bruyn
Date: 15-Jun-2010
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Indefinite Articles and Beyond: Le Bruyn
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Title: Indefinite Articles and Beyond
Series Title: LOT dissertation Series
Published: 2010
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Bert Le Bruyn
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930225 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22,71
Abstract:

This dissertation challenges the standard view on indefinite articles as
argument markers and determiners that block bare nominal arguments. It
argues for a more fine-grained view in which articles are poor in their
semantics but rich in their pragmatic competition with bare nominals and
other determiners.

On the basis of new data, both from synchrony and diachrony, historical
simulations and detailed analyses within formal semantics and pragmatics
(especially Optimality Theory) it shows how the merits of functionalism can
be exploited without giving up the formal precision of the generative approach
to linguistics. On the empirical side, it presents new analyses of Spanish
unos, French des, bare partitives and the use of Dutch een and English a in
predicate position.

This dissertation will be of interest to all those working on the semantics,
pragmatics and/or syntax of DPs, language evolution and/or the interaction
between semantics and pragmatics.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            French (fra)
                            Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng )

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