Intransitive Predication by Leon Stassen
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Intransitive Predication
By Leon Stassen

Intransitive Predication

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Intransitive Predication by Leon Stassen

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This book investigates cross-linguistic variation in one of the core domains of all natural languages. Leon Stassen views this domain as a 'cognitive space', the topography of which is the same for all languages. It is assumed to consist of four subdomains, which correspond to a four-way distinction between the semantic classes of event predicates, property predicates, class predicates, and locational predicates. The book offers a typology of the structural manifestations of this domain, in terms of the nature and number of the formal strategies used in its encoding. The author disusses a number of abstract principles which can be employed in explaining the cross-linguistic variation emodied by the typology. In the final chapter he brings together the research results in a universally applicable model, which can be read as a 'flow-chart' for the encoding of intransitive predications in different language types.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199258932
ISBN-10: 0199258937
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 156mm x 39mm)
Pages: 788
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Leon Stassen

Leon Stassen is a senior lecturer in the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Nijmegen , The Netherlands.

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