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Title: Functional Constraints in Grammar
Subtitle: On the unergative–unaccusative distinction
Written By: Susumu Kuno
Ken-Ichi Takami
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CAL%201
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 1
Description:

This book examines in detail the acceptability status of sentences in the
following five English constructions, and elucidates the syntactic,
semantic, and functional requirements that the constructions must satisfy
in order to be appropriately used: There-Construction, (One’s) Way
Construction, Cognate Object Construction, Pseudo-Passive Construction, and
Extraposition from Subject NPs. It has been argued in the frameworks of
Chomskyan generative grammar, relational grammar, conceptual semantics and
other syntactic theories that the acceptability of sentences in these
constructions can be accounted for by the unergative–unaccusative
distinction of intransitive verbs. However, this book shows through a wide
range of sentences that none of these constructions is sensitive to this
distinction. For each construction, it shows that acceptability status is
determined by a given sentence's semantic function as it interacts with
syntactic constraints (which are independent of the unergative–unaccusative
distinction), and with functional constraints that apply to it in its
discourse context.


Table of contents

Acknowledgement ix

1. Introduction 1–29

2. The there-construction and unaccusativity 31–65

3. The way construction and unergativity
Co-authored with Karen Courtenay and Nan Decker 67–104

4. The cognate object construction and unergativity 105–135

5. The pseudo-passive construction and unergativity 137–168

6. Extraposition from subject NPs and unaccusativity 169–187

7. Conclusion 189–197

Notes 199–224

References 225–233

Name index 235

Subject index 237

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Functional & Systemic Ling
Subject Language(s): English
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