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Title: Searching the Invariant
Subtitle: Semiotactic Explorations into Meaning
Edited By: Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren
Aone van Engelenhoven
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Semantics 03
Description:

This book is a follow-up on the Semiotactics Workshop, held on March 26th
2010 at Leiden University. Semiotactics, as developed by the Dutch linguist
Carl Ebeling, is a linguistic theory which provides an analytical tool for
the description and understanding of meaning in relation to syntax. This
relation is discussed in the collection of articles in this book, written
by eight different authors and covering a wide range of topics from various
living languages, i.e.Dutch, English, Russian, Modern Japanese,
Makassarese, Indonesian, and two extinct languages that are only known from
written sources, i.e. Classical Mongolian and Old Javanese.

In the introduction an overview is given of the most important features of
the theory and its descriptive notation system. In the subsequent papers
various linguistic structures are analyzed, using the Semiotactic
framework. The subjects that are analyzed and discussed are: verbal
ellipsis, partitive genitives, lexical stratification of adjectives,
gerunds, passives and transitivity, verb phrase constructions, the
morphology and syntax of number, and prepositional polysemy. This book is
of interest for both theoretical and descriptive linguists studying the
relation between syntax and semantics.

Contents:

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
List of symbols

Introduction: a bird’s eye view on Semiotactics
Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren and Aone van Engelenhoven

Meaning without form? Verbal ellipsis within Semiotactics
Egbert Fortuin

Drinking water in Russian: Twelve ways to handle the partitive genitive
Andries van Helden

Lexical stratification?
Wim Honselaar and Evelien Keizer

Function and meaning of gerunds in Modern Japanese and Classical Mongolian
Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren

A semiotactic approach to Indonesian passives
Aone van Engelenhoven

A semiotactic description of Makassarese verb phrases
Francesca Moro

Prepositional polysemy in Old Javanese? A semiotactic analysis of ri
Maaike van Naerssen

Number in Indonesian
Hein Steinhauer

References
About the authors

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
Indonesian
Japanese
Makasar
Russian
Mongolian, Classical
Kawi
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783862880362
Pages: 210
Prices: Europe EURO 118