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LINGUIST List 25.710

Tue Feb 11 2014

Books: The Semantics of Determiners: Gillon

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Feb-2014
From: Chris Humphrey <chumphreyc-s-p.org>
Subject: The Semantics of Determiners: Gillon
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Title: The Semantics of Determiners
Subtitle: Domain Restriction in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
Published: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Book URL: http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/The-Semantics-of-Determiners1-4438-5311-9.htm

Author: Carrie Gillon
Hardback: ISBN: 1443853119 9781443853118 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 44.99
Hardback: ISBN: 1443853119 9781443853118 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 75.99

This book investigates the properties of determiners in Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Salish.

Determiners in Skwxwú7mesh are shown to behave significantly differently from the definite determiner the in English, as Skwxwú7mesh lacks a definite/indefiniteness distinction. All Skwxwú7mesh DPs can be used in both familiar and novel contexts, and are not required to refer to a unique entity. Instead, Skwxwú7mesh determiners are split along deictic/non-deicticlines.

Determiners can therefore vary in terms of their semantics. However, determiners are argued to universally encode contextual sensitivity (domain restriction). A strict correlation between the syntax and semantics of determiners is proposed: if an article occupies D, it is context sensitive. Conversely, articles that do not occupy D are not context sensitive.

This book also explores determiner systems in other Salish languages. Deixis is a part of most of the Salish determiner systems, but the systems vary quite a bit from one another. Other languages discussed include Inuttut (Labrador Inuktitut), Lithuanian and Maori.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): Inuktitut, Eastern Canadian (ike)
                            Lithuanian (lit)
                            Maori (mri)
                            Squamish (squ)
Language Family(ies): Salish

Written In: English (eng)

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