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Title: The Composition of Meaning
Subtitle: From lexeme to discourse
Edited By: Alice G. Ter Meulen
Werner Abraham
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 255

In the modular design of generative theory, the syntax–semantics interface has accounted all along for meanings at the level of Logical Form. The syntax–pragmatics interface, on the other hand, is the result of what one may call the 'pragmatic turn' in the linguistic theory, where content is partitioned into given and new information. In other words, the structural division of the clause has been subjected to criteria of information, or discourse structure. Both interfaces require a structurally descriptive inventory whose specific shapes can be motivated on theory-internal grounds only. The present collection of original articles develops the concept of these interfaces further. The papers in the first section focus on the syntax–semantics interface, those in the second section on the syntax–pragmatics interface.

Table of contents

The composition of meaning
Alice ter Meulen and Werner Abraham 1

I. Mapping syntactic structure to meaning

Coordination in morphology and syntax: The case of copulative compounds
Susan Olsen 17

Aspect, infinitival complements, and evidentials
Elly van Gelderen 39

The problem of unintelligibility
Helen de Hoop 69

VP-internal subjects as 'unaccusatives': Burzio's 'Object Account' vs. the 'Perfectivity Account'
Werner Abraham 83

II. Mapping meaning to information structure

Either, both and neither in coordinate structures
Petra Hendriks 115

Information structure meets Minimalist syntax: On argument order and case morphology in Bavarian
Helmut Weiß 139

Focus particles, sentence meaning, and discourse structure
Klaus von Heusinger 167

On the interpretation of multiple negation in spoken and written Afrikaans
László Molnárfi 195

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115682
ISBN-13: 9781588115683
Pages: vi, 232 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 134
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247692
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 232 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00