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Fri Feb 11 2011

Books: Cognitive Science/Pragmatics/Syntax: Keizer

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        1.     Joyce Reid , The English Noun Phrase: Keizer

Message 1: The English Noun Phrase: Keizer
Date: 09-Feb-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The English Noun Phrase: Keizer
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Title: The English Noun Phrase
Subtitle: The Nature of Linguistic Categorization
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Evelien Keizer
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521183956 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 28.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521183956 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 50.00

English has an interesting variety of noun phrases, which differ greatly in
structure. Examples are 'binominal' (two-noun) phrases ('a beast of a
party'); possessive constructions ('the author's opinion'); and
discontinuous noun phrases ('the review [came out yesterday] of his
book'). How are these different noun phrases structured? How do we produce
and understand them? These questions are central to this 2007 study, which
explores the interaction between the form of noun phrases, their meaning,
and their use. It shows how, despite the need in linguistic analysis for
strict categories, many linguistic constructions in fact defy
straightforward classification - and concludes that in order to fully
explain the internal structure of utterances, we must first consider the
communicative, pragmatic and cognitive factors that come into play. Drawing
on a range of authentic examples, this book sheds light not only on the
noun phrase itself but also the nature of linguistic classification.

1. Introduction;

Part I. The Structural Approach: Possibilities and Limitations:

2. Headedness within the NP;
3. Close appositions;
4. Appositions with of;
5. Binominals;
6. Pseudo-partitives;
7. Sort/kind/type-constructions;
8. Conclusion;

Part II. The Cognitive-Pragmatic Approach: Some Applications:

9. The flexibility of language;
10. Complements and modifiers;
11. Discontinuous NPs;
12. Possessive constructions: 'the author's opinions vs. the opinion of the
author'; 13. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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