Complex predicates can be defined as predicates which are composed of more than one grammatical element (either morphemes or words), each of which contributes a non-trivial part of the information of the complex predicate. The papers collected in this volume, which were presented at a workshop at Stanford in 1993, represent a variety of approaches to the question of the range and nature of complex predicates, and draw on data from a wide spectrum of languages. This collection develops a better understanding of the range of phenomena that a general theory of complex predicates would have to account for, and to see what kinds of linguistic ideas and methodologies would be necessary for such a task.
Alex Alsina is head of the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.
1. Complex predicates: structure and theory Alex Alsina, Joan Bresnan, and Peter Sells; 2. Lexical and syntactic complex predicates Edwin Williams; 3. On the complex nature of simple predicators Ken Hale and Jay Keyser; 4. Toward a lexical representation of phrasal predicates Farrell Ackerman and Philip Lesourd; 5. Complex predicates in Urdu Miriam Butt; 6. Making one's way through the data Adele E. Goldberg; 7. Auxiliation and serialization: on discerning the difference Carol Rosen; 8. Causatives in Bantu and romance Alex Alsina; 9. Complex predicates and agreement in polysynthetic languages Mark C. Baker; 10. Grammatical structures in verb serialization Mark Durie; 11. Polysynthesis and complex verb formation: the case of applicatives in Yimas William A. Foley; 12. Role or cast? Nick Evans; 13. Mutidimensionality of representation: NV complex predicates in Hindi Tara Mohanan; 14. Remarks on denominal verbs Paul Kiparsky; Index.
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