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LINGUIST List 22.4913

Thu Dec 08 2011

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Guillemin

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , The Syntax and Semantics of a Determiner System: Guillemin


Message 1: The Syntax and Semantics of a Determiner System: Guillemin
Date: 07-Dec-2011
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Syntax and Semantics of a Determiner System: Guillemin
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Title: The Syntax and Semantics of a Determiner System
Subtitle: A case study of Mauritian creole
Series Title: Creole Language Library 38
Published: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/cll.38

Author: Diana Guillemin
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027284709 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027284709 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027252609 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027252609 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027252609 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Abstract:

Within the framework of Chomsky's Minimalism and Formal Semantics,
this work documents the development of the Mauritian Creole (MC) determiner
system from the mid 18th century to the present. Guillemin proposes that the
loss of the French quantificational determiners, which agglutinated to nouns,
resulted in the occurrence of bare nouns in argument positions. This triggered a
shift in noun denotation, from predicative in French to argumental in MC, and
accounts for the very different determiner systems of the creole and its lexifier.
MC nouns are lexically stored as Kind denoting terms, that share some of the
distributional properties of English bare plurals. New MC determiners are
analyzed as 'type shifting operators' that shift Kinds into predicates, and serve
to establish the referential properties of noun phrases. The analysis provides
evidence for the universality of semantic features like Definiteness and
Specificity, and the mapping of their form and function.

Linguistic Field(s): Generative Linguistics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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