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Title: Mismatch
Subtitle: Form-Function Incongruity and the Architecture of Grammar
Edited By: Elaine J. Francis
Laura A. Michaelis
Series Title: CSLI Lecture Notes # 163

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Linguistic mismatch occurs when formal devices such as words, morphemes, and grammatical constructions are recruited to perform semiotic functions distinct from those for which they were apparently developed. One example is that of quantificational nouns: while the typical function of a noun is to denote an object or entity, the English nouns lot and bunch perform a function otherwise associated with quantifiers. How do such phenomena challenge traditional conceptions of grammar? How do competing theories of the syntax-semantics interface stand up when confronted with mismatch phenomena?

Mismatch addresses these questions through the efforts of some of the most original thinkers in syntactic and semantic theory, exploring a wide variety ofmismatch phenomena in a broad sampling of languages. This work includes contributions from Farrell Ackerman, Alex Alsina, Henriëtte de Swart, Elaine J. Francis, Adele E. Goldberg, Richard Hudson, Robert Malouf, Laura A. Michaelis, Frederick J. Newmeyer, Maria Mercedes Piñango, Jerrold M. Sadock, and Etsuyo Yuasa.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1575863839
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 440

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1575863847
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 440