View of Language by Pieter A.M. Seuren
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View of Language by Pieter A.M. Seuren

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This book collects the best and most influential essays of one of the world's most original linguistic scholars and thinkers. They show Pieter Seuren's remarkable erudition from classical antiquity to current theory, his descriptive and theoretical sophistication, and his beautiful clarity of style. They provide many examples of the cogency of his argument and his willingness to speak out trenchantly against accepted wisdom. In the extensive introduction the author describes the evolution of his theoretical position and its development in relation to Chomskyan syntactic theory and model-theoretic semantics. He argues here and throughout the book that grammar and semantics should be studied as branches of cognitive science, not as mere formalisms. He propounds, develops, and applies a theory of semantic syntax in which a grammar is seen as a mediating device between propositionally structured thoughts and corresponding surface structures. He rejects conventional notions of autonomous grammar as unsustainable and, in a realist theory of language, unnecessary. He demonstrates that his semantic theory achieves empirically adequate and formally precise explanatory generalizations, developing a theory of discourse semantics as a means of providing elegant accounts of topic-comment structure. The twenty-two essays are divided into four parts dealing broadly with general theory, syntax, semantics, and the linguistics of creole languages. Many of the author's classic papers will be found here, including those on autonomous versus semantic syntax, predicate raising and datives, clitic pronoun clusters, donkey anaphora ('every man who owns a donkey beats it'), serial verb constructions, and many more. Provocative and thoughtful, accessible and entertaining, they add up to a book of real, enduring value.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199244812
ISBN-10: 0199244812
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x 32mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Pieter A.M. Seuren

From Whorf to Montague by Pieter A.M. Seuren From Whorf to Montague, Hardback (October 2013)

This book explores the relations between language, the world, and the mind. Pieter Seuren argues that language requires a theory with abstract principles and that grammars are neither autonomous nor independent of meaning but mediate between propositionally structured thoughts and systems, such as speech, for the production of utterances.

Operators and Nucleus by Pieter A.M. Seuren Operators and Nucleus, Paperback (May 2010)

Dr Seuren's study deals with the problem of presenting an adequate model of grammatical description.

Language in Cognition by Pieter A.M. Seuren Language in Cognition, Hardback (February 2009)

In this book, Pieter Seuren presents a radically new perspective on the study of linguistic meaning, the place of logic in language and the embedding of language in cognition. Throughout his ambitious enterprise, he maintains a constant dialogue with established views, reflecting on their development from Ancient Greece to the present.

Chomsky's Minimalism by Pieter A.M. Seuren Chomsky's Minimalism, Paperback (September 2004)

Noam Chomsky's theory is known as "The Minimalist Program" and has been presented as his crowning achievement. Seuren points to the original acrimonious split in the 1960s and 1970s between Chomsky's generative grammar and the alternative generative semantics proposed by his followers, and argues that the latter theory was sounder.

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Author Biography - Pieter A.M. Seuren

Pieter A. M. Seuren was lecturer of linguistics at Cambridge and Oxford universities. From 1974 until 1999 he was Professor of Philosophy of Language and of Theoretical Linguistics at Nijmegen University. Upon retirement in 1999, he became a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen. He is the author of, among others, Operators and Nucleus (1969), Discourse Semantics (1985), Semantic Syntax (1996), and Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction (1998).

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