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Title: Referential-Semantic Analysis
Subtitle: Aspects of a Theory of Linguistic Reference
Written By: Torben Thrane
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 28
Description:

Dr. Thrane makes an original contribution to one of the central topics in
syntax and semantics: the nature and mechanisms of reference in natural
language. He makes a fundamental distinction between syntactic analyses
that are internal to the structure of a language and analyses of the
referential properties that connect a language with the 'outside world' -
and therefore derive in some sense from common human capacities for
perceptual discrimination. Dr. Thrane argues that the failure to make this
distinction and to attend separately to both kinds of analysis has vitiated
previous general accounts of linguistic structure. The book focuses
particularly on pronouns and on the role of determiners, quantifiers and
other components of the noun phrase. Most of the data come from the modern
Germanic languages, especially English, but Dr. Thrane considers also the
structural peculiarities of 'classifier languages' like Vietnamese. The
book will be important for students of English language as well as for
general linguists.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521105712
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