Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface
By (author) Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.
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Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface by Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.
Book DescriptionLanguage is a system of communication in which grammatical structures function to express meaning in context. While all languages can achieve the same basic communicative ends, they each use different means to achieve them, particularly in the divergent ways that syntax, semantics and pragmatics interact across languages. This book looks in detail at how structure, meaning, and communicative function interact in human languages. Working within the framework of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG), Van Valin proposes a set of rules, called the 'linking algorithm', which relates syntactic and semantic representations to each other, with discourse-pragmatics playing a role in the linking. Using this model, he discusses the full range of grammatical phenomena, including the structures of simple and complex sentences, verb and argument structure, voice, reflexivization and extraction restrictions. Clearly written and comprehensive, this book will be welcomed by all those working on the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521811798
(247mm x 174mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.
Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface, Paperback (July 2005)
This book looks at how syntax, semantics and pragmatics interact in different ways across human languages.
Introduction to Syntax, Paperback (April 2001)
Clearly organized and accessible, this comprehensive textbook provides students with a thorough grounding in the analysis of syntactic structure.
Syntax, Paperback (December 1997)
An introduction to syntactic theory and analysis.
Functional Syntax and Universal Grammar, Paperback (September 1984)» View all books by Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.
This book is an important attempt to integrate the study of linguistic form with the study of language use and meaning.
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Author Biography - Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.
Robert D. Van Valin Jr is Professor and Chair of Linguistics at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
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