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Title: The Semantics of Grammatical Dependencies
Written By: Alastair Butler
URL: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Semantics-Grammatical-Dependencies-pragmatics-Interface/dp/1849509883/ref=sr
Series Title: Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface
Description:

"The Semantics of Grammatical Dependencies" argues that constraints of
interaction from semantic evaluations enforce grammatical dependency
patterns that recur across natural languages and within constructions at intra
and inter sentential levels as well as discourse levels. The book develops
along three lines. Firstly, a handle is gained on why languages are structured
around localities, with localities functioning as actions of 'reset' to permit the
reuse of grammatical resources that maintain a fixed semantic contribution.
Secondly, sensitivity is brought to the linear and hierarchical placement of
scope information to capture ordering effects like accessibility, crossover and
intervention. Thirdly, an interestingly different perspective is reached on what
it means to be grammatical: rather than being a destructive feature that bans
or filters out bad structure, grammaticality takes on a role of constructive
guidance that keeps languages to what are generally unambiguous canonical
forms that moreover guarantee required dependencies.

The book will be of interest to advanced undergraduate students, post-
graduate and research students and all researchers in the formal analysis of
the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of natural language.

Table of Contents
1 - Introduction
2 - Argument Dependencies
3 - Clause Dependencies
4 - Unbounded Dependencies
5 - Intervention and Binding into Relations
6 - Quantification in Japanese
7 - Concluding Remarks

For more information, and to discuss review copies or adoption of the book,
please contact jdavis@emeraldinsight.com

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781849509886
Pages: 248
Prices: U.K. £ 62.95