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LINGUIST List 24.1981

Wed May 08 2013

Books: Nonverbal Predication: Roy

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-May-2013
From: Annie Leyman <annie.leymanoup.com>
Subject: Nonverbal Predication: Roy
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Title: Nonverbal Predication
Subtitle: Copular Sentences at the Syntax-Semantics Interface
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Published: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199543557.do

Author: Isabelle Roy
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199543540 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199543557 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 29.99

This book considers the syntax and semantics of non-verbal predicates (i.e., nominal, adjectival and prepositional predicates) in copular sentences. Isabelle Roy explores how a single structure for predication can account for the different interpretations of non-verbal predicates. The book departs from earlier studies by arguing in favor of a ternary distinction between defining / characterizing / situation-descriptive predicates rather than the more common stage-level/individual distinction. The distinction is based on two semantic criteria, namely maximality (i.e., whether the predicate describes an eventuality that has spatio-temporal properties or not) and density (i.e. whether the spatio-temporal properties are perceived as atomic or not). The author argues in favor of a strong correlation between the semantics properties of predicates and their internal syntactic structure. Her analysis accounts for seemingly unrelated cross-linguistic data: the indefinite article in French, the distribution of the two copulas 'ser'/'estar' in Spanish, and case marking on Russian predicates.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                            Russian (rus)
                            Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng)

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