A Theory of Predicates

 
 
Centre for the Study of Language & Information (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. Juni 1997
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 416 Seiten
978-1-57586-087-9 (ISBN)
 
When studying linguistics, it is commonplace to find that information packaged into a single word in one language is expressed by several independent words in another language. This observation raises an important question: how can linguistics research represent what is the same among languages while accounting for the obvious differences between them?
In this work, two linguists-Farrell Ackerman and Gert Webelhuth-from different theoretical paradigms develop a new general theory of natural language predicates. This theory is capable of addressing a broad range of issues concerning (complex) predicates, many of which remain unresolved in previous theoretical proposals. The book focuses on cross-linguistically recurring patterns of predicate formation. It also provides a detailed implementation of Ackerman and Webelhuth's theory for German tense-aspect, passive, causative, and verb-particle predicates. In addition, a discussion of the extension of these representative analyses to the same predicate construction in other languages is presented. Beyond providing a formalism for the analysis of language-particular predicates, the authors demonstrate how the basic theoretical mechanism they develop can be employed to explain universal tendencies of predicate formation.
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  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
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  • Höhe: 235 mm
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  • Breite: 162 mm
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  • Dicke: 27 mm
  • 739 gr
978-1-57586-087-9 (9781575860879)
1575860872 (1575860872)
Farrell Ackerman is professor of linguistics and director of the Human Development Program at the University of California, San Diego.
Introduction; On the construct 'Predicate'; The Structure of Signs; Morphology; The Lexical-Functional Structure of Predicates With and Without Particles; Modification; Passive; Causatives; Middles; References.
."..the book is very well done, as one would expect from two such prominent scholars." Notes on Linguistics

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