Structuring Sense: Volume 1: In Name Only
By (author) Hagit Borer
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Structuring Sense: Volume 1: In Name Only by Hagit Borer
Book DescriptionStructuring Sense explores the difference between words however defined and structures however constructed. It sets out to demonstrate over three volumes, of which this is the first, that the explanation of linguistic competence should be shifted from lexical entry to syntactic structure, from memory of words to manipulation of rules. Its reformulation of how grammar and lexicon interact has profound implications for linguistic, philosophical, and psychological theories about human mind and language. Hagit Borer departs from both language specific constructional approaches and lexicalist approaches to argue that universal hierarchical structures determine interpretation, and that language variation emerges from the morphological and phonological properties of inflectional material. In Name Only applies this radical approach to nominal structure. Integrating research in syntax, semantics, and morphology, the author argues that nominal structure is based on the syntactic realization of semantic notions such as classifier, quantity, and reference. In the process she seeks to do away with lexical ambiguity and type-shifting. Among the topics she considers are the interpretation of proper names, the mass-count distinction, the weak-strong interpretation of quantifiers, partitive and measure phrases, and the structural representation of the definite article. In the process she explores inter-language variation through the properties of the morpho-phonological system. The languages discussed include English, Chinese, Italian, and Hebrew.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199263905
(235mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hagit Borer
Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax, Paperback (December 2014)
This book investigates the nature and properties of roots, the core elements of word meaning. Chapters adopt different theoretical approaches to examine the interaction of roots with syntactic structure, and the role of their semantic and morpho-phonological properties in that interaction.
Call of the Wild, Paperback (June 2014)
Buck recognised the wild brother. He was whining softly, and they touched noses. A second wolf, old and battle-scarred, came forward and sniffed noses with him; he sat down, pointed his nose at the moon, and broke out in a long wolf howl. Buck, too, sat down and howled.
Structuring Sense, Hardback (October 2013)
Hagit Borer develops a new model of word formation, arguing that on the one hand the basic building blocks of language are rigid semantic and syntactic functions, while on the other hand they are roots, which in themselves are but packets of phonological information, and are devoid of both meaning and grammatical properties of any kind.
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Exploring the difference between words however defined and structures however constructed, this book sets out to demonstrate over three volumes, of which this is the first, that the explanation of linguistic competence should be shifted from lexical entry to syntactic structure, from memory of words to manipulation of rules.
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Author Biography - Hagit Borer
Hagit Borer received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at MIT in 1981. She has held positions at the University of California at Irvine and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently the chair of the linguistics department at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include syntax, morphosyntax, the syntax-semantics interface, and the acquisition of syntax.
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