A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This book is concerned with the relationship between semantics and surface
structure and in particular with the way in which each is mapped into the
other. Jim Miller argues that semantic and syntactic structure require
different representations and that semantic structure is far more complex
than many analysts realise. He argues further that semantic structure
should be based on notions of location and movement. The need for a
semantic component of greater complexity is demonstrated by an examination
of prepositions, particles, adverbs and verb-prefixes, and is shown to
accord with cross-language and historical facts. The volume goes on to
consider the sort of rules that are required to map semantic structures
onto syntax. Semantics and Syntax tackles fundamental issues and draws
together many of the key concepts of traditional grammar and formal
linguistics. The general framework for handling syntax, semantics and
morphology that it outlines is perhaps a controversial one, but it will be
recognized as challenging and original.