LINGUIST List 33.128

Mon Jan 17 2022

Books: Ten Studies in Dependency Syntax: Mel'čuk

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Date: 20-Dec-2021
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Subject: Ten Studies in Dependency Syntax: Mel'čuk
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Title: Ten Studies in Dependency Syntax
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Igor Mel'čuk
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110694765 Pages: 458 Price: U.S. $ 160.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110694703 Pages: 458 Price: U.S. $ 160.99

The monograph presents the Meaning-Text approach applied to the domain of syntax from a typological angle; it deals with several long-standing syntactic problems on the basis of a dependency description.

Its content can be presented in five parts + an Introduction:

The Introduction explains the architecture of the book and sketches the Meaning-Text linguistic model, underlying the subsequent discussion.

I. Surface-syntactic relations in the languages of the world, with special studies of subjects and objects.

II. Grammatical voice in the dependency framework: the “passive” construction in Chinese.

III. The relative clause: a calculus and analysis of possible types; the pseudo-relative (“headless”) clause.

IV. Binary conjunctions (such as IF …, THEN …), free indefinite pronouns ([He went] nobody knows where), and syntactic idioms.

V. Word order: linearization of dependency structures.

The monograph offers a new perspective in syntactic studies. It is strongly typology-oriented (using data from typologically diverse languages: English, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Basque, Georgian, etc.) and based on a system of rigorous definitions of the notions involved, which ensures a link with computational linguistics and Natural Language Processing

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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